With the Detroit Public Schools having received upwards of $152 million in technology grants and funds through Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, gaining approval for a half-billion dollar facilities fund, and talk of $800 million more in federal stimulus funding being pursued, there is much speculation on how the funds will be disbursed throughout the district.

Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager appointed to oversee the operations of the DPS, returns as a featured panelist for the first session of the Pancakes & Politics 2010 season on March 19 at the Detroit Athletic Club to address these issues and more.

Titled “Education 911: The Conversation Continues,” the forum will touch on the progress of DPS in addressing its financial, administrative, and curriculum challenges; other strategies being considered to confront shrinking budgets and declining resources; and how the Bond Program Manager Joint Venture Team is expected to allocate the funds for the district’s $500.5 million School Construction and Modernization Program.

“Robert Bobb has made tremendous strides during his tenure so far but we’ve got a long way to go,” said Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle.  “The Detroit Public Schools system is in the midst of an education crisis of unprecedented proportions and we are excited that Robert Bobb has again chosen Pancakes & Politics as an outlet to discuss in more detail his future plans to revitalize the district.”

The four-part Pancakes & Politics series is presented by the Michigan Chronicle and Real Times Media and moderated by Carol Cain, host of “Michigan Matters” on WWJ-TV.  Title sponsors for the event include Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Strategic Staffing Solutions; National City, now a part of PNC; UHY Advisors; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; and St. John Health System. Corporate contributors are Bank of America; MGM Grand Detroit; Compuware; Fifth Third Bank; Wayne State University; Quicken Loans; and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. Media partners for the event are WWJ-TV, WWJ Newsradio 950 and Crain’s Detroit Business.

Individual tickets to Pancakes & Politics can be purchased for $65 each.  Event and table sponsorships are also available.  Visit www.michronicle.com or call (313) 963-8100 to purchase tickets or for more information.

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