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March 27, 2018
Five possible changes coming to the Detroit district Montessori program
The main Detroit school district has reassured anxious parents who were worried about the future of the district’s Montessori program that the program…
March 26, 2018
New textbooks and new hope: Detroit teachers endorse new learning materials for classrooms
A committee of 113 educators, including 88 teachers, spent weeks reviewing different textbooks and online modules and voted on their favorites.
March 26, 2018
Does your child’s school have a gym teacher? Hundreds of Michigan schools do not. Here’s the list.
Across the state about 500 schools — roughly 1 in 5 — do not have certified gym teachers.
March 22, 2018
How can Michigan schools stop skinned knees and conflict? Use playtime to teach students kindness
Kindergartners play four square, jump rope and line up in two rows with outstretched arms to bump a ball during recess. What’s unusual…
call for more
March 20, 2018
Almost half of Detroit district schools don’t have a gym teacher. Next year, that may change.
Since 10-year-old Hezekiah Haynesworth moved to his new school in the Detroit district, he’s always up out of his seat, talking to classmates and getting…
buses or bust?
March 16, 2018
Mayor Duggan says bus plan encourages cooperation. Detroit school board committee wants more details.
Detroit’s school superintendent is asking for more information about the mayor’s initiative to create a joint bus route for charter and district students…
After the bell
March 15, 2018
The Detroit district plans to use teachers to run after-school programs. Youth advocates wonder why
Some advocates for Detroit youth programs were alarmed last week to learn that the Detroit school district did not apply for a major…
Student Walkout Day
March 14, 2018
Students walking out of Detroit high schools as part of a national protest recalled personal tragedies: ‘We all deserve to be safe’
Many students participating in a national student walkout Wednesday morning were responding to big-headline school shootings like the one that claimed 17 lives…
March 12, 2018
Teachers worried about mold in their Detroit elementary school refused to come to work on Monday
A Detroit elementary school was closed Monday after the vast majority of teachers called out of work over concerns that the building could…
more money fewer problems
March 9, 2018
Detroit schools chief: District can now pay for counselors, arts classes, and gym in every school
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he’s found money in the Detroit district’s budget.
Bridging the divide
March 7, 2018
Will the Detroit district and charter schools agree to work together on busing and school grading as Mayor Duggan suggests?
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan believes he has found a way to bring together the city’s warring education factions — charter schools and the district.
sticking to his guns
March 1, 2018
Detroit schools and police chief pledge to work together to keep kids safe — but disagree about guns in schools
The leaders of Detroit schools and the police department Thursday pledged to work together to reduce school violence — even as they disagreed about…
grappling with grades
March 1, 2018
A-F school letter grades bill passes House committee with only GOP support, goes to full House
A revised version of a controversial bill that would give every school in the state an A-F report…
February 28, 2018
Most Detroit kindergartners miss too much school. They’ll likely struggle to read later.
Truancy might bring to mind teenagers skipping class to hang out with their friends or play video games, but in Detroit, it’s the…
February 27, 2018
Detroit district announces mentorship program for at-risk boys of color
African-American and Latino boys ages 11 to 18 at six schools in the main Detroit district will soon have the option to work…
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