A brief explainer on charter schools, also known as public school academies, and how they compare to public schools.
Before founding this charter school, Smitley was operating a multimillion-dollar clothing company. But she wasn't feeling fulfilled. So she moved to Detroit to help kids get a better education.
As CEO of New Paradigm for Education, with an extensive background, Bland is helping to change children's lives through rigorous academics and student support.
Meet Mary White. She's been a school crossing guard in Detroit for 53 years. Her love of kids keeps her going and, at 94, she has no intention of slowing down.
LaTarte honed her educational knowledge and dedication as a special education teacher in New York and director for Teach for America. Now, she's back in her home state, hoping to make a difference at this new school.
The Boggs School on Detroit's east side has been five years in the making. For principal and founder Julia Putnam, it's a dream finally realized, one she hopes transforms the community and lifts up Detroit.