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Detroit Public Schools
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.
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.
DeVos and Detroit
January 16, 2017
Can Betsy DeVos be blamed for the state of Detroit’s schools? What you need to know
Critics assert that Michigan charter schools can open wherever they want, shut down without notice and operate with less oversight than charters in some other parts of the country but DeVos defenders say she’s created educational opportunities for families that otherwise wouldn’t have had them.
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.”
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.
October 28, 2016
Week in Review: Why school board candidates might struggle to pass a credit check
“It was just one of those times in life. I was a single mom. I was just trying to juggle my bills with raising my three kids.”
September 23, 2016
Week In Review: Teaching and learning in the ‘worst’ city
Detroit’s main school district is still struggling to recruit teachers and enroll more students, but leaders say they remain hopeful about the new school year.
September 8, 2016
Facing an uncertain future, a principal and his staff have one year to prove their school should survive
The Academy’s fate will be decided by a new Detroit school board that will be elected this fall and by the state School Reform Office, which has threatened to close low-performing schools across the state.
September 1, 2016
Most Detroit schools are off the chopping block for now, but these 5 charter schools could still close
Dozens of low-performing Detroit schools that faced possible closure next spring may have gotten a stay of execution from Gov. Rick Snyder this week — but these five charter schools are still on the hot seat.
By the numbers
August 30, 2016
Sinking test scores won’t help Detroit Public Schools as closure threat looms
The results from the 2016 M-STEP, released Tuesday, offer little good news for Michigan’s largest school district.
July 27, 2016
Detroit’s vicious cycle: Why national education groups aren’t coming to help some of the country’s most troubled schools
With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money.
June 27, 2016
Does Detroit’s new law mean district schools are more likely to be shut down than charter schools?
New laws enacted as part of the DPS rescue package have put a bullseye on the backs of dozens of Detroit schools.
June 23, 2016
Leaders answer seven questions about Detroit’s new school district
During a raucous public hearing, interrupted by hecklers, State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo and DPS leaders Steven Rhodes and Alycia Meriweather tonight attempted to answer some of the questions that are looming over the Detroit Public Schools.
To the rescue
June 14, 2016
After losing fight for Detroit school oversight, advocate says her side lost on politics, won on policy
A leading advocate for improving Detroit's schools says she's down but not defeated after lawmakers last week approved a Detroit Public Schools rescue package that lacked hoped-for reforms.
A murky future
June 1, 2016
Despite looming funding crisis, Detroit schools leaders make plans for the future
Even as the future of Detroit schools remain murky – just 29 days before the district expects to run out of money – DPS leaders say they’re planning for the future.
May 24, 2016
What financial crisis? Would-be Detroit teachers say they have hope for city schools
The one theme that ran through the Detroit Public Schools job fair at King High School tonight was hope.
April 8, 2016
Six hours, eight buses: The extreme sacrifice Detroit parents make to access better schools
A mismatch between where students live and where schools in Detroit are located means some kids travel for their education and others stay behind in schools with weaker community ties.
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