DETROIT -

The Detroit school system is kicking off a month-long series of events to promote the start of the new academic year.

The events start Monday and run through Sept. 4, the first day of classes. The district's emergency manager, Roy Roberts, says it's "critically important" to raise awareness of Detroit public schools.

He says doors will open at three new schools, and there are new programs to put technology in the hands of students at home. At nine schools, decisions about hiring, classes and finances will be made at the school level.

On Aug. 18, at least 100 ministers' wives will pledge to attend the opening day of school and start long-term partnerships. The annual back-to-school parade is set for Aug. 22.