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Victory! Catherine Ferguson Academy to remain open

The Catherine Ferguson Academy will remain open as a charter school, the Detroit Public School Board announced today:

The Detroit Public Schools today announced that the school for pregnant and parenting teens will not close , but be operated as a charter school. The announcement came an hour before a noon rally planned to try to save the school.

Ferguson was scheduled to be one of three alternative schools to close this summer due to the district’s $327 million deficit.


G. Asenath Andrews, the principal of Ferguson since it opened 27 years ago, said the planned rally will become a celebration. “I am relieved, excited and pleased,” she said.

So are we, Ms. Andrews. Congratulations to the students and staff of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, and thank you to everyone who sent messages of support.

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ALERT: one week left to save school for pregnant and parenting teens

For those of you who don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, here's the latest on the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit. Principal Asenath Andrews was informed this week that the school will be closed permanently on next Friday, June 17.

Here's what you can do to help.

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Help pregnant and parenting students in Detroit keep their school

Have you heard about the Catherine Ferguson Academy? CFA is an innovative and successful school for pregnant and parenting teenage girls in Detroit.

Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) is a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teen girls- the only one of its kind in the nation. Providing an excellent education and services for both the teen mothers and their children, CFA has received international attention, numerous awards and is the subject of several documentaries.

"When people at my regular high school realized that I was pregnant, I was told my chances of being a success in life were over. At Catherine Ferguson, they told me they wouldn't allow me to be anything BUT a success. I love CFA, and I am prepared to fight to keep it open, not only for myself, but for all the girls who will come behind me," said Ashley Matthews, a junior at CFA.

With approximately 200 students who come not only from Detroit, but also from the surrounding suburbs, every year Catherine Ferguson achieves a 90% graduation rate and 100% of those who graduate are accepted to two- or four-year colleges, most with financial aid. (source)

How perfectly, beautifully pro-life is that? Isn't that what we (well, some of us) have been saying all along? Pregnant women shouldn't have to choose between their children and their future, and CFA is helping to ensure that they can have both.

So pro-lifers should help fight to keep this school open. Due to budget cuts, the Detroit school district has slated the Catherine Ferguson Academy for closure unless a private buyer can be found to convert it to a charter school. The students and educators at CFA believe that privatization would lead to cuts to the very programs that make the school so valuable for the population it serves — young mothers. Students even staged a sit-in over spring break to bring attention to their cause.

If you'd like to help keep Catherine Ferguson Academy open and serving young women and their children, here are some links that you can use to get more informed and take action:

Remember to post to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Digg, etc., and get the word out!