DETROIT (WJBK) - Community leaders and parents of Detroit students kicked off a 90 mile march from Detroit to Lansing. They're braving the elements to send a message to lawmakers that they believe more needs to be done to save the Detroit Public School district from its financial problems.
They all met at Campus Martius Park at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning to begin their march.
"We think it will work. We think that parents showing how important this is, and getting a chance to talk to communities along the way, will show legialtos that we really care, that we have good ideas for our kids and that we deserve to have community input and community controls in our schools just like all communities across Michigan," says Jamila Martin, an organizer with 482Forward.
"We are parents and we want them to understand that we don't have products - we have children - and that their policies are affecting the city of Detroit as well as the state of Michigan," says marcher Rev. Keith L. Whitney.
The group is marching 90 miles in nine days. The march will end at the capitol steps.
For more information, visit www.482forward.org.