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DPS leader wants more Arab American students
by Nick Meyer
Detroit Public Schools' Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb met with The Arab American News Publisher and spokesman of the Congress of Arab American Organizations (CAAO) Osama Siblani on Tuesday, March 30 at the Fisher Building in Detroit to discuss plans to attract more Arab American children to Detroit schools.
The district has seen a sharp decline in enrollment in recent years as nearly 100,000 students have left since 1997 according to Crain's Detroit Business, but Bobb recently announced a $540 million plan using federal money to make a series of sweeping changes and improvements.
Bobb made his intentions clear early on in the meeting, which was organized and attended by Arab American DPS employee Dr. Therese Smith.
"Our outreach to your community is that we want more of your kids, that's the bottom line, I can't say it any more eloquently than that," Bobb said.
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