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Report: Looming financial threats could undermine ‘fresh’ start for new Detroit district
The report warns of looming financial challenges that “could derail the ‘fresh’ financial start that state policymakers crafted for the school district.”
May 24, 2017
Former interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather ‘discussing’ new role in Detroit district under superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Whether Meriweather’s presence at the hiring fair suggests a permanent role for her in Vitti’s administration hasn’t yet been decided, she said
May 23, 2017
New Detroit superintendent: Detroit teachers deserve a pay raise (eventually)
“We can’t just talk about the value that we have with teachers. We have to pay them accordingly,” Vitti told reporters.
May 22, 2017
These Detroit student activists wrote a play about the recent political turmoil in city schools. Watch it here.
Called “Fork in the Road: Succeeding with us or failing without us,” the play by the youth organizing collective of 482 Forward was performed earlier this month at a church on the city’s east side.
Church and state
May 18, 2017
The backdoor voucher? How a Detroit school created to lift up a ‘Christ-centered culture’ found a way to get public dollars
Cornerstone’s switch from private to charter raises questions about the separation of church and state — and whether Michigan’s freewheeling charter sector can handle it.
Where should they live?
May 16, 2017
New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti needs a house in Detroit. Let’s help him look. We’ll start.
With four kids, the Vittis will need a large house in a family-friendly neighborhood. Since Vitti says he plans to stay until the end of his five-year contract, it's probably wise for the family to buy, rather than rent.
May 15, 2017
Daily school visits and more: Here’s Nikolai Vitti’s plan for his first 100 days as Detroit superintendent
Vitti will meet with a long list of Detroiters as he tries to develop what he says would be the district’s first “strategic plan,” according to his 100-day plan.
meet the new boss
May 13, 2017
Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti is looking for a city house, schools for his kids, and — maybe — a ‘fit’ for Alycia Meriweather
Detroit’s next schools superintendent plans to arrive in the city as soon as May 22 and has a long to-do list for his first few weeks.
Looking to leave?
May 11, 2017
As two Detroit districts merge, uncertainty over leadership and pay stokes fear of teacher exodus in 11 schools
The transition back to the Detroit Public Schools Community District could mean major pay cuts for EAA teachers and changes to school leadership that some fear could cause a mass exodus.
May 4, 2017
In a district full of empty classrooms and darkened hallways, can Detroit find a way to keep its schools open?
A Chalkbeat analysis comparing school capacity to student enrollment found that 43 of the 103 school buildings in the main Detroit district and in the state-run Education Achievement Authority are at least half empty. Only a handful are full.
April 28, 2017
To protect 24 schools from closure, the Detroit school board made a deal with the state. This is what it says, and doesn’t say
Exactly what changes are in store for affected schools is not yet clear.
April 26, 2017
Three Detroit-area charter schools are set to close in June, but not all parents know
The schools set to close include Woodward Academy, Starr Detroit Academy, and the Academy of International Studies in Hamtramck.
meet the new boss
April 24, 2017
Nikolai Vitti has been chosen to lead Detroit schools. Read the application that got him the job
He lays out his qualifications in a 26-page application that spells out his experience in great detail including specifics on the work he’s done as superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville since 2012 and in his previous jobs.
The new boss
April 19, 2017
Detroit superintendent pick Nikolai Vitti: I’ve been ‘drafted by my home team’
"To be selected as the first superintendent by the newly elected board and new district is humbling and an honor," Vitti said in a statement.
April 19, 2017
Rebuilding trust and filling classrooms: What Detroiters say new schools chief Nikolai Vitti should tackle first
Among the most daunting challenges facing Vitti: He’ll be working with people who wanted someone else to get the job.
The new boss
April 18, 2017
Detroit’s new schools chief will be Jacksonville, Florida, superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Vitti will take over the district by July 1 after the school board voted unanimously to offer him the job.
April 11, 2017
After Detroit school board’s reversal, three charter schools face new uncertainty
“In practical terms we have a $10 million deficit and those children would bring approximately 10 million dollars back to the district," said board member LaMar Lemmons.
who rules the schools
April 11, 2017
Detroit school board defends its superintendent search amid criticism; decision could come this week
Detroit school board members said they were continuing with “information gathering” and that a final vote would come later this week or early next week.
March 30, 2017
Five reasons why Nikolai Vitti might be Detroit’s next superintendent — and three reasons he might not
Vitti is so committed to Detroit and its schools, he said that if gets the job, he will “likely” enroll his four children in the district — though he made no commitments.
March 28, 2017
Ten things to know about Detroit superintendent candidate Nikolai Vitti
The search for Detroit’s next schools superintendent enters the next stage on Wednesday with the first of two public interviews with the finalists for the job. Here's what you need to know
change at the top
March 23, 2017
Warning of ‘inconsistency at the top,’ Detroit school administrators, teachers urge board to reconsider Meriweather
The letter calls on the board to give Meriweather a formal interview noting that district leadership has “seen up close and personal the detriment of inconsistency at the top.”
March 22, 2017
Despite being passed over for top job, Alycia Meriweather says she’s focused on changes ahead for Detroit schools
Meriweather's hopeful predictions about the future struck an odd note just days after the Detroit school board narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists that did not include Meriweather.
Up and down
March 13, 2017
How changes to Michigan’s school ranking system hurt Cass Tech — and helped the DeVos family charter school
Testing experts say the dramatic swings say more about a rating system that’s been in turmoil in recent years than it does about individual schools.
March 3, 2017
Michigan school closures are off for now — as long as districts agree to partner with the state to improve
The 38 Michigan schools that were threatened with closure in January could now have a way to stay open.
February 28, 2017
Detroit lawsuit stops just short of accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of bribery
The suit seeks potentially millions of dollars from the billionaire Michigan philanthropist, asserting that she used campaign contributions to kill a controversial education commission.
New buildings at stake
February 23, 2017
At stake in school closings: Tens of millions of dollars spent on recent improvements to targeted Detroit schools
Schools have received tens of millions of dollars from taxpayers, corporate donors or community service organizations in recent years could soon be left vacant.
Trouble with transcripts
February 21, 2017
Mayor: Detroit high school grads lost jobs because city schools couldn’t produce their transcripts
Hospital leaders said they were having difficulty filling entry-level positions despite Detroit’s high unemployment rate because Detroiters who applied couldn’t produce their high school transcripts.
February 16, 2017
How bad timing and poisonous politics killed a $700,000 effort to streamline school enrollment in Detroit
Despite the more than $700,000 and countless hours of planning that went into creating a single application for Detroit’s competing district and charter schools, the effort has been put on hold indefinitely — a victim of bad timing, poor planning, and a toxic political environment.
Hitting the road?
February 13, 2017
Detroit parents steered to ‘better’ schools — that don’t actually take Detroit kids
Parents at schools marked for closure in Detroit were given a list of nearly 60 districts with 'better' schools — but many of those districts don’t accept Detroit kids.
Fighting to fix
February 9, 2017
Detroit school board and superintendent: We can improve the local schools the state wants to close
"The school board is committed to improving our schools, not shutting them down," said the president of the board, which will hire a law firm to battle closures.
Going to court
February 8, 2017
Detroit school board readies for legal fight to stop school closings
The Detroit school board is holding an emergency meeting tonight to consider legal action to stop school closures.
January 24, 2017
Dozens of struggling schools in Detroit are set to close — but nearby options for their students aren’t much better
There are very few schools with a 25 ranking or higher in financially struggling cities like Detroit where 25 schools serving roughly 12,000 kids are on the chopping block.
Fear and fury
January 20, 2017
Educators blast ‘uninformed decisions’ behind state plan to shutter schools
The news that state officials are moving to shutter as many as 38 Michigan schools triggered fear and fury from parents and educators.
January 20, 2017
These 38 Michigan schools could be shut down for poor performance in June
After years of rock-bottom test scores and disappointing results, the schools were informed that they’re in serious danger of having to shut their doors forever in June.
January 19, 2017
Dozens of Michigan schools could get some tough news Friday
Dozens of struggling Michigan schools could get some dreaded news Friday morning when the state releases its annual top-to-bottom school rankings. The annual list…
Right to read
January 12, 2017
Detroit children blast governor over ‘blaming students’ for failing schools
Lawyers for the children responded Thursday that Snyder and other state officials named in the suit were seeking to “evade responsibility by any means possible.”
January 11, 2017
New board takes on ‘awesome responsibility’ of running a district plagued by serious challenges
"And with that you are imbued with the awesome responsibility of the children of the city of Detroit,” the judge told them after administering the oath.
New Year New board
December 30, 2016
Detroit’s first empowered school board in years is gearing up for opening day — and a long to-do list
The new board faces a daunting to-do list including the possibility of legal action to stop school closures and crucial decisions about who should lead the district.
December 15, 2016
After state delays timeline, anxious Michigan schools must wait until next year to learn their fate
The delay keeps the schools in the dark longer about whether they could face sanctions, including closure.
December 14, 2016
Colorful maps and wooden blocks have lured some skeptical parents — but can free public Montessori survive in Detroit?
When her son Carlton was born, Yolanda King started saving money for private school. As a special education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools,…
November 30, 2016
Detroit just created its first intentionally diverse charter school. Here’s why it might not stay that way
The path to sustaining a diverse charter school in Detroit is cratered with legal and political complications, restrictive state laws, unpredictable parents and the painful history of inequality in one of the nation’s most segregated cities.
November 7, 2016
We sorted through Detroit’s 63 school board candidates so you don’t have to
Detroit’s school board race is crucial: Voters are choosing the first empowered board in decades, as the district struggles to leave behind the academic…
Money to run
November 3, 2016
Detroit school board candidates rake in thousands from friends, unions — and their own pockets
Most candidates are going into election day without much of a chance to influence voters in a city-wide race that will define the future for a new district.
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