State, city, Detroit Public Schools say schools are key to city's revitalization

New initiative will open family resource centers in Detroit, place social workers in schools

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DETROIT, Mich. - The state of Michigan, the city of Detroit and its public school district are working on an initiative that will make schools the hub of a neighborhood's revitalization.

The plan was announced Thursday at Detroit's J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy, the pilot school.

It will encompass a 10-block radius around Clark Academy and eventually expand to eight other schools and their surrounding neighborhoods. Work will include rehabilitating homes, cleanup, demolishing vacant houses and improved lighting.

Parents also will be enlisted to help keep walking routes to schools safe for students.

Gov. Rick Snyder said during the program's kickoff that "the reinvention of Detroit cannot be completed without including the neighborhoods."

The state also is expected to open family resource centers and place social workers in the schools.

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