Detroit, Michigan (CNN)--
Late last month, when the old school's speakers rang, winter weeds still blocked the soil outside Catherine Ferguson College.
"Good Morning, Good Morning," said Principal Asenath Andrews . ".
"It's a bright, sunny, ready --to-garden day!
"For decades, pregnant teenagers and young mothers in Detroit have earned diplomas here.
This is the only school in the city that gives them space to study, and their children are taken care of in the hall.
A high school diploma is the lowest expectation for 100 students in Catherine Ferguson;
The university admission notice is the purpose.
It is known for its academic rigour and comprehensive study: Students may practice in the afternoon, travel overseas for a few weeks and work on small plots of land on the school farm.
Posters encouraging the use of condoms, photos of newborns and jubilant photos of Catherine Ferguson graduates are hung on the wall, all in dresses, hats and tassels.
Andrews wrote in her morning statement: "Remember, being smart is what you get, not what you are.
The girl was outside trickle, complaining about the heat and chaos of the farm, but was interested in the seedlings of basil, arugula and cabbage.
They threw a few dirt at each other during an over-growing season.
Over the years, the school's abandoned playground has evolved into a variety of apple trees, bees, chickens, goats and gardens ---
Biology and green plants attended by students and a group of volunteers.
"You didn't tell me there would be spiders in this dirt," a student carried his back and leaned over to study the egg sac carried by a spider.
Another classmate said a classmate. -
Wearing oversized gloves and passing through the roots with the tip of the shovel-
Looks like a man.
The principal suddenly said, "Don't say that . "
"She is a capable woman.
Just because she's good at something, she's a man?
A few minutes later, there was a rumbling sound. -
The chant of a beat is too far away to tell.
It's usually quiet here;
There is a dental school, the Salvation Army center, several old houses, open spaces scattered with bricks and glass.
As the sound became clearer, the girls raised their heads from the bed in the garden and were distracted and confused by people on the other side of the high chain --link fence --
About a dozen protesters in red shirts put up slogans for civil rights organizations in any way necessary.
Organizers of the group said it was a demonstration sparked by CNN's presence.
The ding sound from the loudspeaker attracted the sound they knew ---
Current and former students-
Shouting to our peers in the garden from the sidewalk: "equal education is our right.
"They protested against the new curriculum at the college and wanted to see it go back to a more traditional high school.
From the state to the state, from the school district to the school district, and even within the walls of Catherine Ferguson, there is no agreement on how best to educate pregnant and parenting teenagers.
See also: only 40% of young mothers in rural America graduated from high school with pregnancy problems;
According to national data, less than 2% completed their university studies before the age of 30.
The birth rate of teenagers has dropped most in the past two decades. -
From 2007 to 2011, it fell by about 25%.
But these girls still face challenges: punitive absenteeism policies, lack of childcare and transportation options, and teachers and administrators who prevent them from attending school, according to a report from the National Women's Legal Center 2012.
According to the center, there is no national database to track what happens to pregnant teenagers: where do they go to school?
Did they graduate?
What happens once they do?
Few states have laws on how to deal with these issues, and regions may not even be aware of what their obligations are. This week, a U. S.
The Senate committee is debating an update on the state education bill. -
Including the first call for improved data and school plans for pregnant and parenting students.
If this happens, the proposal has a long way to go before it is passed.
In the United States, there are not many schools like Catherine Ferguson, and several schools have closed in recent years because of tight budgets and quality problems.
The report from the National Women's Legal Center says that some people provide rigorous standards and services academically, such as child care, but others offer "no meaningful educational opportunities ".
Andrews said Catherine Ferguson had little data to study and no experts to guide them, which had long been operated by instinct.
She believes that schools should address the system of bad excuses, tragic causes and broken things that make it impossible for a young mother to receive education. Teach her, yes.
Then feed her, heal her, and keep her safe.
Make her a better mother, but also make her a teenager.
Remind her she's beautiful.
She stuck to her situation and showed her intelligence.
Take her out of the neighborhood. -
She's homeless. -
Just a few hours.
Last month's protest against the new curriculum was not the first challenge for Catherine Ferguson.
Self who needs fever
Nearly 30 years ago, in the Detroit public school, the propaganda and work of the "guardian angel" was just beginning.
Detroit's public schools closed it in 2011, saying the region lacked funds to keep it open, and it felt like a battle.
District leaders say some pregnant and parenting teenagers have attended another traditional high school in the city ---
Why can't these students?
Hundreds of people protested.
Students arrested during sit-in
In the school library.
Almost immediately, the college reopened as a charter school-
Students and teachers celebrate the ending.
But since then, many employees have changed.
Many people heard that the school was closed in 2011, but not many people knew that the school was reopened under new management.
When it left the Detroit public school, it lost its clearest connection with pregnant teenagers.
Now, Catherine Ferguson has turned to handing out gift bags to new moms in the local maternity ward.
The new curriculum of the school this year has changed the life structure of students and paid attention to personalized learning ---
A shift that confuses some teachers and students.
They fought back with parades and lawsuits and said the school population was decreasing due to the new learning model.
Students, teachers and Andrews are all frustrated by differences and uncertainty.
But when Andrews started 30 years ago, it was not easy to educate a girl who was raising a child.
In Detroit, the idea was ignored and insulted and completely lost in social stigma, political infighting, and information holes, Andrews said.
"We have de vandals, we have enemies, we have slings and arrows," Andrews said . ".
"Many people think, 'If they don't finish high school, then forget it?
They're just disposable.
Andrews said: "The struggle is the same for girls.
The world is a more difficult place.
"See also: the beginning of a revolution in Sierra Leone for teenage mothers. The school should be Asnath Andrew's childhood Detroit, which is similar to where most of her students live now.
The family farm along the 8 Mile Road filled the basement of her grandparents with vegetables, tomato sauce and jam.
At the age of 1950 and 60, dozens of cousins live within walking distance and get together for dinner every Sunday.
Andrew's parents work shifts at the Dodge factory, so one of them can always go home with the kids.
The line between right and wrong seems clear, and when they cross a limit, she and her siblings know: "This is not what Andrews's children do.
"Andre's parents have not gone to college, but have shaken their promise in front of their children ---
They think it's their plan that their children will go.
"At school, everyone knows who the smart kids are, and I'm smart," Andrews said . ".
"We have never been taught to get stuck.
I'm tired of listening. look up.
"As planned, she entered Olivet College, a small liberal arts school in the middle.
Michigan, at the end of 1960.
She studied psychology and art and occasionally exchanged rent for painting.
Before she finished, she attached a label to a teaching certificate, believing that one day she might go to school at home herself.
Instead, it found a job teaching elementary school art in Detroit.
She is the youngest person in the staff, all the bracelets, braids and crazy ideas.
She drew the jumping house in the hallway, pulled the children out of the table and made sculptures in the snow.
She liked the support of the principal, who saw them at work and told her that the school should be like this.
She realized that her duty was to teach other people's children.
Simply put, "the school is for the children.
"She never had her own.
After years of working with gifted students and managing art teachers in the region, she was presented with a small-
Well-known programs for pregnant girls.
For many years, it has been operating within the Salvation Army building near the Detroit law River;
It was designed to keep the girls at home before giving birth and then send them back to school as if nothing had changed. It was well-
It was a failure, Andrews said.
For the work that all the teachers put in, young mothers still do not graduate.
"Our girl came back and said, 'I am in regular school now and I am starting to get messed up,' she said. '.
"My child care failed and I can't go.
"The group of people I was with caused me trouble?
I came back with them.
"What Andrews wants is a school, a whole building, just for her girls ---
The school is flexible enough to adapt to their lives and lead them to graduate.
The idea seems to be-
Just like now.
As far as Detroit school leaders are concerned, "pregnancy is no different from knocking on a liquor store," Andrews said . ".
She is often told to reward girls for special treatment and everyone will be pregnant.
The idea is obviously absurd, she said.
She believes the lessons of her childhood still apply: "The children do almost what you expect them to do.
"What happened next was the content of the school's knowledge: one day, when she was walking with a group of pregnant students, they found a solid brick house with big windows and boldness hanging on it-
A primary school named after Henry.
First Public Library curator in Detroit
It was sitting there, empty.
Several of them held a girl inside and she opened a door to let others in.
They went from room to room.
Imagine the small stage of the auditorium, the fireplace of the library, the lawn extending around, and all the vacant classrooms.
The arriving police were not so impressed with their vision.
He handcuffed Andrews but decided to let her go once he thought she was a young, pregnant associate.
Andrews put pressure on her campaign. -
Invite the supervisor to the breast-
Feeding workshop and baby shower.
She hangs holiday decorations outside Chaney school under the name of her project and finds ways to get district leaders to drive past.
Until finally Andrews and her thoughts moved to the little brick house School on Selden Street, where they stayed.
In the early days of the school, the students voted to be named after Catherine Ferguson, a slave who worked hard to fight for freedom and continue to educate and find children's homes on the streets of New York.
It is now, and it has always been possible to participate.
In fact, the school paid for bus tickets and taxis in order to keep the girls going to school.
There is no common chatter in a classroom.
It hosts parenting classes and doctor appointments on site.
There's a table of baby clothes at the door--
Take whatever you need and give whatever you don't need.
Catherine Ferguson is-
House currency, CFA bucks, rewards on time, proper uniform, great ideas or improve grades;
Students can use it to buy notebooks, pens, mascara, nail polish, and even diapers. -
By far, the most popular items in school stores.
Some of Andre's plans worked. -a four-
Give girls time to manage the day school week outside --of-
School life, the shift from semester to quarter, so the girls who give birth will not lag much behind.
Some people fail, such as starting school days later, hoping to improve punctuality and try to accept young people.
Her choice is now more intentional than instinct, she said, but the school is still developing.
Sometimes it takes a few years to know if something works.
Take her latest plan, for example, which transforms the college from a more traditional high school-
Students change classes every hour and take courses in English, mathematics, science, etc. -
Described as learning for big picture.
It calls on students to design their own courses and programs based on their interests and career possibilities, and to find relevant internship opportunities in the community.
Andrews draws on the new learning model from a non-profit organization, and the school life of no two students looks the same.
In a classroom last month, the students worked quietly by the computer. -
One looked at graphic design, the other on presentations on parenting, and one on job applications.
A girl learned a piece of music from behind the keyboard.
Andrews said that she implemented the new learning model, in part because it worked for students she often saw ---
Girls who struggle in traditional schools or have holes in their transcripts.
Students are able to spend more time on subjects they work hard on, while other students are able to graduate early.
The new model formalizes elements that students have already learned, such as internships, she said.
She admitted that there was a mistake in the first year of the program: the school needed more teacher training and buying --in.
Students and parents need a better orientation program.
Cold calls are not the best way to arrange student internships.
She said they have started to solve some problems and will do more in the coming academic year.
But it's too late for some students.
The students said some of their friends left because of frustration. -
They don't know what to expect from them and don't have enough guidance.
Some students and teachers complained that they missed the familiarity of group discussions and traditional classes.
Andrews said the new curriculum was not the result of a 2011 shift in schools from public schools to charter schools.
Instead, it aims to help more girls at different stages of education.
Teen moms don't tend to leave college, she says, because they just have one or two credits left to graduate, even when they struggle academically.
Instead, it was 30 days before them--
When a newly delivered girl adapts late at night with a hungry baby, or when a drop-out girl returns to the Mercy tyranny of the school schedule.
Andrews says that if she doesn't see a clear path to graduation, you will lose her if she is overwhelmed by a system that doesn't reflect the changes in her life ---
To the street, to a dead man.
Finish the work, just sit at home.
Inspire her passion and show her all the reasons why she has to fight? She's yours.
"In other countries, we scream because people throw away girls and how to kill baby girls.
"We also kill baby girls, we just kill them slowly," Andrews said . ".
"We deprived them of the opportunity to go to school and we did not offer the opportunity for girls who had children, a slow death.
"Poverty is a slow and painful death.
"In the first semester of the Detroit School of Communication and Media Arts, Darshea White likes math classes, JROTC and running off-road
But she doesn't have many friends.
Her family often moves.
She's a smart girl. so-
She said the clothes are beautiful and attractive to bullies.
She is petite. thin --
Just look at her and they will know she won't fight back.
She felt more anxious and isolated when she was pregnant in her freshman year;
It seems crazy to her right now, she says, but she really believes she's the only one --to-
Be a teenage mom.
Her mother took her to Catherine Ferguson, where a security guard greeted her, chatted with them and asked Daxie's age. She was 14.
She meant to be ashamed.
"The first thing I do is keep my head down," said dalxie, 16. "(The guard)
Tell me not to hang your headLift it up.
There are many people who experience the same situation.
She fell in love with Catherine Ferguson College for the first time in January 2012.
She was quiet there, too, but the people were friendly.
Her classmates teach her what to expect as students and parents. She liked Ms.
Andrews, the teacher and the person who took care of her son.
For the first time, school is a peaceful escape. -
Class in class, get good grades and calculate graduation credits.
"I think I'm going to normal school even though I'm a teenage mom," she said . ".
Her child, Jasiah, was born on August 28, 2012;
A few days later, dalxie returned to Catherine Ferguson. -
Feed in love with fear.
As a mother, her first week was also the first week she learned about Big Picture Learning.
It overwhelmed her.
She did not understand, and she was not sure whether the teacher understood.
She couldn't find the internship she needed.
Her main project in the first quarter-
More research on why Africa
Americans in the prison system--
Won "incomplete" for her ".
"She missed the familiar comfort of the class and instead of searching for answers online, she raised her hand to ask the teacher.
She said that she does not have a computer at home, which makes it difficult to do homework.
She said students struggling harder at school began to leave, and the empty classes left everyone on the edge.
Darshea said: "I just collapsed because I didn't know what to do. The teachers told me, 'Don't give up, you can't achieve anything without education. '".
"I know I want to have a successful future.
"University is a road.
If I can do this, I can give myself a successful life and future.
"But for the first time since she came to Catherine Ferguson, she felt her future slipping away.
Nicole Kenaway, a faculty teacher, told Daxie in any way necessary that the civil rights group and Catherine Ferguson's desire to return to a more typical high school course.
Conaway, a member of BAMN, also encouraged Darshea to participate.
The student usually does not speak loudly;
Radicalism is new to her.
But the school has told her how important it is to fight for what she needs.
"It was a difficult decision for me.
I really like her. Andrews.
"I know she thinks I'm a smart student and I respect her," she said . ".
"I think we should have class ---
As a Detroit student, do I get what I think I want and deserve, or do I continue to get what others want me to get?
Jasiah's curly hair and silly smile also helped her make the decision.
"I have to be a part of my life now," she said . ".
"I have someone looking at me and I have to take care of him.
"So when her classmates pulled weeds out of the school garden on that sunny day last month, she slipped away and pulled a red T-
The white shirt on her uniform.
Last week, when she filed a lawsuit with the federal court in any way necessary, she became one of the girls on the other side of the fence, shouting about the equal education of teenage mothers, darshea among the plaintiffs.
Filed a lawsuit against the franchise of Catherine Ferguson, Blanche Kelso Bruce College;
Authorized person of school of education service institution in Wayne County;
And the heads of these institutions.
It also appointed the Detroit public school and its emergency finance manager.
They did not call back and did not comment on the proceedings.
The lawsuit said that Catherine Ferguson's students were discriminated against because they received a "very low" education after a transition from a "traditional, comprehensive" high school curriculum.
The lawsuit says the school canceled some states.
The prescribed curriculum, which has "canceled all classes, ordered teachers not to attend classes", and has not hired certified teachers in subjects such as mathematics, sports, music and health.
It describes how during the semester students seeking credits in certain areas are getting the work package to be completed and they will not receive credits if they do not complete it correctly;
How do students not change shifts throughout the day, but receive guidance at short weekly meetings with teachers, now known as "consultants ".
"The actions of the defendants have reduced the level of education of the CFA, exposing these young women to stigma and punishment for pregnancy and birth of children," the lawsuit said . ".
Andrew's answer was: "I would never do anything to demote the students, especially the students I spent £ 20 --
Years of support and construction.
Darshea said there was no waste in the school year despite lawsuits and protests.
She has learned a lot about time management, and the new learning model has helped her return to zero in her career: After graduating next year, she wants to go to Wayne State University in Detroit as a pharmacist.
But the amount of work left and whether she is learning the material she needs has put her under pressure.
She said that she is a diligent student who is willing to change and will not give up ---
But she wants to know what about peers who may need more guidance or have given up?
She said: "Maybe it would be different if we were always taught in this form, but being taught in one way and being told to do it in a different way is a difficulty
"Because I have just had a child, so I have changed a lot, how to learn now has changed a lot?
"Just a few days after the Gardening Day protests, the school's megaphone came back to life.
This is Andrew's voice, asking a fictional student to report to her office.
Teachers and staff immediately understand what this means.
They cleaned the corridor and closed the door.
The school was blocked.
This is an exercise for nerves and exercises.
On the weekend, the volunteers came to the little red barn next to the school and found a terrible scene: Eight dead chickens and five dead goats.
More animals were injured.
A cat disappeared and died soon.
Earlier reports said the animals were stabbed, stabbed and slaughtered with sticks.
Andrews said it was a bad movie.
Schools have little trouble with graffiti, not to mention violent crime.
When the students returned on Monday, investigators still did not announce who or what they suspected caused the massacre.
There were grief counselors and psychologists at the scene.
Andrews herself should not be in the office that day, but as principal she needs to be there.
She wants the girls to know that the school is a safe place.
The animals are girls, she said, and the girls are hers.
"As long as I am here, we will never let evil defeat justice.
"What we're doing here is good," Andrews said . ".
"If they burn the joints, we start somewhere else.
"When Darshea heard the news, she thought about how she should work on the farm on the day the animal died ---
The students canceled a job because of the rain.
"All I can think of is 'maybe one of our students is hurt, '" she said '. ".
"This is the school I go to every day and take my son.
I can't sleep the rest of the night.
Soon Darshea began to see posts on Facebook suggesting that the necessary protests, in any case, were related to the death of the farm ---
A charge denied by members of the organization.
The Michigan Humane Society, which handled the investigation, later determined that the wounds of these animals were consistent with dog bites and said there was no evidence that humans were involved in the attack in any way.
Since protests, lawsuits and animal deaths, students sometimes tell Darshea that they agree with her and that they want to see the school return to what it was.
But few are willing to sign the cause;
They are worried about being suspended or dismissed.
Darshea says she's not worried about it.
She remembers what Andrews told students after protests and animal deaths: people have the right to voice and voice.
Other students would like to know why the children involved in the proceedings would stay at school.
Darshea says she trusts the school more than any other school she attends.
She plans to become a graduate of Catherine Ferguson next year.
"I know I didn't do anything wrong," she said . ".
"I did nothing but express my own opinion.
"After all, it's a school of all ages, standing up for girls and showing them how to be strong for themselves and for their children ---
Even if they have different ideas about how to do it.
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"From being told that pregnancy doesn't mean that your life is over, to the time I'm fighting to get back to class," Darshea said . ".
"Going there and going to that school really made me a different person than before.