Education: Progress in Hamtramck

Hamtramck (pronounced ham-tram-mick) is a Polish factory community entirely encircled by Detroit and submerged by politics. Hamtramck's manners are Old World; but its morals have produced more political scandals than any city in Michigan. Mayors have become convicts; ex-convicts have become Congressmen. Once Hamtramck boasted a model school system which some optimists thought might save the place.

Instead, the school system became as bad as the town. Schoolkids between classes began joking about the latest graft scandals, and enrollments dropped from 14,000 twelve years ago to 4,200. Two years ago, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools dropped Hamtramck from...

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