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Kimberly Hayes Taylor
July 18, 2018
Rise & Shine: Did your favorite teacher retire?
Good morning! Most people can remember a favorite teacher who left us with warm feelings and unforgettable lessons.
July 16, 2018
Tell us your stories about children with special needs in Detroit
Chalkbeat Detroit is teaming up with the Detroit Parent Network to hear your special needs stories
July 12, 2018
Rise & Shine: New school will offer alternative to suspensions and expulsions
Good morning! Detroit will soon have a new alternative high school for students who’ve repeatedly gotten in trouble in traditional schools.
July 6, 2018
Rise & Shine: Striking a balance in special education
Good morning! Our national team wrote about the debate surrounding pausing a special education rule designed…
July 2, 2018
Attorneys in literacy lawsuit plan to appeal federal judge’s ‘disappointing’ dismissal
A judge has dismissed Detroit students' federal lawsuit. Attorneys plan to appeal.
June 27, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit preschool teacher tries to meet her students’ needs
Chalkbeat spoke with Bruce as part of a “story booth” series that invites students, educators and parents to discuss their experiences in Detroit schools. Do you know someone who has a story to share? Reach out to us.
June 27, 2018
Rise & Shine: Overcoming obstacles
Good morning! Graduations always are emotional, but Koby Levin wrote about an especially poignant ceremony where students walked across the…
June 22, 2018
Rise & Shine: A proving ground for potential educators
Good morning and welcome to the start of summer break for most Detroit students (and for their teachers at the end of today.)…
June 20, 2018
They saw life inside Detroit classrooms — and now some of them want to teach
City Year Americorp members finished the school year with lessons that inspired them to become teachers and counselors
June 15, 2018
Rise & Shine: The financial squeeze in a childcare desert
Good morning and happy Friday! In a city where 28,000 children don’t have access to child care…
June 13, 2018
As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28,000 Detroit children go without care
The financial demands of providing early education in Michigan have contributed to Detroit’s status as a child care desert.
June 12, 2018
Leadership, funding and security dominate discussion in first meeting on school bus loop plan
The mayoral-appointed education commission board held its first meeting Tuesday.
June 6, 2018
Detroit district tests drinking water after lead or copper discovered in 6 schools
Water will be tested for lead and other toxins in 106 Detroit district schoools
June 4, 2018
This ex-Detroit cop-turned-teacher left in distress. Now, she’s ready to return to the classroom
Why this teacher quit the district, and why she's ready to return
May 31, 2018
‘Sweatbox’ conditions close aging Detroit schools a third day as board member seeks help
Poor building conditions consistently hamper educating and providing safe environments for district's students, board member Sonya Mays said
May 30, 2018
Detroit schools chief sees come-from-behind victories in district’s future
Detroit's main district can win, but it will take some time, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told an audience at the Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday
choice and competition
May 22, 2018
It’s not just Detroit. Across Michigan, ‘active and aggressive’ competition imperils schools
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding hearings to determine if the state's students with special needs and minority students have faced discrimination.
Is Lemmons leaving?
May 16, 2018
Detroit school board member Lemmons weighs leaving, slams colleagues he says listen to special interests
Name recognition could help Detroit school board member LaMar Lemmons in his run for Senate. If not, he'll run for board re-election
Casting their lines
May 9, 2018
‘Come help these babies.’ Inside the Detroit district’s long-shot effort to end a crippling teacher shortage
Detroit's main district is looking for teachers who are ready, willing and able to teach.
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
April 30, 2018
A bad kid turned school principal motivates students with life lessons she learned
As a student, she misbehaved when she was bored. Now, a principal uses what she learned to help her students.
DeVos in Detroit
April 27, 2018
Betsy DeVos’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales
The event was her first visit to Detroit as education secretary.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
April 4, 2018
The Detroit district tries inviting families to enroll during spring break. Parents are trickling in.
The low turnout reflects the challenges Detroit schools — the district and charters — face as they try to convince parents to think about enrollment earlier in the year.
March 30, 2018
Three more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership agreement list
Twenty-one struggling schools have been added to the state’s “partnership” program, including three charter schools in Detroit. The program identifies…
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
March 21, 2018
‘Trust is being built’ as foundation invests in programs to support Detroit parents and students
The initiative includes a parent academy that will serve 7,000 parents.
March 19, 2018
Detroit school chief wants to eliminate small high schools at Cody, Carson, and Mumford
Vitti says consolidating the schools would save the district almost $2 million.
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
Detroit students filed a lawsuit seeking the right to an equal education — 18 months later, they’re still in legal limbo
The case sits in legal limbo.
Caps and gowns
February 27, 2018
Unsatisfied with Detroit ‘college-readiness’ rate, Vitti lays out ideas for changing the district’s culture
Detroit high school students could soon have access to makeup courses, more guidance counselors, and color-coded wristbands signifying their skills.
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
February 22, 2018
A Detroit high schooler is among 13 young adults steering two national student protests against gun violence
Among the 13 teens and young adults spearheading two nationwide student protests against gun violence is a Detroit high schooler who says guns…
Cap and gown
February 21, 2018
Graduation rates in Michigan – and Detroit’s main district — are up, but are most students ready for college?
Slightly more than 80 percent of the state’s high school students graduated last year but graduation rate is not necessarily a great measure of school success.
February 14, 2018
With clean clothes, this Detroit school sees a new attitude and improved attendance
Last year, administrators at the A.L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning struggled to get children to come to school every day. More than…
February 9, 2018
Will the new Michigan education funding study have a political path toward implementation or take a cruise to nowhere?
Three weeks after a new study recommended sweeping changes to Michigan’s school funding system, the question…
February 7, 2018
Four things to know about the education proposals in Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s 2019 budget
In his eighth and final state budget address Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder detailed his proposal to give the schools their largest funding…
Investing in education in Michigan
February 7, 2018
Dear Dan Gilbert: Invest in fixing schools like you did Amazon, education advocacy coalition asks
“If we’re serious about building a Michigan that works for everyone, we have to be serious about funding our schools,” said Bishop Daryl Harris at the press conference
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