The Metro Bureau is a consortium of educational institutions dedicated to serving and improving school management through unique support services and cooperative information exchange. The Bureau is a connecting link for practicing public school administrators with the leadership and professional resources of the member universities' colleges of education and community colleges.
Originally called the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of Cooperative School Studies, the Bureau was initiated on December 11, 1946.
The Bureau grew out of a series of discussions in the Superintendents' Conferences in the metropolitan Detroit area during 1946. A committee was formed to study the possibility of what was then referred to as a "Metropolitan Detroit Cooperative School and College Research Association." This committee's report was adopted on December 11, 1946 to start the Bureau.
At the outset the basic idea of the Bureau was sharing. Superintendents and college representatives believed that it would be to the advantage of the school systems and education units in the universities to have such an organization. The intent was to share problems, to share solutions, to share information, and to share ideas.
The Bureau has evolved into a school management oriented educational research and statistical organization based on mutual need, mutual trust and the exchange of mutual information. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation whose activities are directed by its Executive Board of Directors. In September 1967 the Bureau officially changed its name to the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc.
The foundation of the Bureau remains built on the sharing of information.