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Education Achievement Authority
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 31, 2017
Where will Detroit kids go if their schools close? These maps show the choices are few
As leaders of Detroit’s traditional schools make a case to save at least some of the 25 city schools that have…
DeVos and Detroit
January 31, 2017
Senator: ‘Not a single person on this panel, if they could avoid it, would allow their kid to attend’ Detroit schools
Detroit schools have so many problems that a U.S. Senator charged Tuesday that his colleagues would never consider the city’s schools for their own kids.
Week In Review
January 27, 2017
Week in Review: Angst, fury as 38 Michigan schools await their fate
It has been an intense week for Detroit families and educators trying to absorb the news that as many as 25 Detroit schools…
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.
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.
September 28, 2016
Here’s which Detroit schools could be closed, as confusion about their future deepens
What happens next in the whiplash-inducing school closure fight remains unclear and seems likely to end up in the courts. Here’s what we know — and what we still don’t.
September 14, 2016
An eighth-grader taught his classmates and other horrifying allegations in federal suit on Detroit schools
The 136-page complaint reveals allegations of condoms strewn on playgrounds, bathrooms leaking sewage into hallways, and students left to grieve without support.
if at first
September 13, 2016
How a lawsuit filed today in Michigan could have consequences for schools across the country
The lawyers behind the class-action federal civil rights lawsuit that was filed Tuesday on behalf of Detroit school children say their suit is the first of its kind in the nation — and that its outcome could have national implications.
September 9, 2016
Detroit’s Week in Review: High stakes (and a shooting) as ‘radical experiment’ begins
Detroit’s new school district is off to a smooth start — that is, if you ignore a shooting, a heat wave, students threatened by dogs, and more snafus in the first week.
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.
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