Education Week: One Public School's Experiences in Detroit

Friday, September 02, 2011

At Catherine Ferguson Academy, lots used for farming and a barn built by the students lie adjacent to the school. (Flickr user mercedesfromtheeighties)

The Takeaway has been focusing on education this week, as students have been heading back to school across the country. Today, a look at one school, Detroit's Catherine Ferguson Academy. With a $327 million deficit and huge cuts in funding and employment, the public school system in Detroit has entered worrisome times. Catherine Ferguson Academy, a unique school that caters specifically to young mothers and pregnant teenagers, was almost closed as a result of the deficit, but students, teachers, politicians, and advocates rallied to save it.

Asenath Andrews, the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, talks about her school and the education system in America.


Asenath Andrews

Produced by:

Ben Gottlieb and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Nicole from Detroit

I have been a teacher at the Catherine Ferguson Academy for 5 years. In addition to what Ms. Andrews said, the school is so successful because we provide the wraparound services students need. Not only is childcare provided on site, but also healthcare in our on-site nursing clinic, WIC appointments are done at school, Free bus cards are provided for transportation. We also offer a modified block schedule on a quarter system so students can recover lost credits and we have a four day school week to allow for Doctor and other appointments on Fridays so that students don't have to miss school.

The audio clip at the beginning of the interview was from the sit-in organized by students in BAMN. Details about this action and the full campaign to keep CFA open are at

Sep. 02 2011 11:08 AM

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