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Race to Reading
August 28, 2018
With Michigan’s third-grade reading law looming, parents fear majority of Detroit youth will be held back
Educators and advocates are warning that too many parents don’t know their children can be held back in third grade if they can't read, because of a new law.
August 23, 2018
Study: Billions meant for K-12 education diverted to colleges
Billions of dollars originally earmarked for K-12 education, goes to fund the state's colleges and universities instead, according to new study.
The big sort
August 22, 2018
No more back-door admissions to Detroit’s most selective high schools after all students take screening exam
Nearly two thirds of admitted students attend district middle schools, compared to less than half last year.
August 21, 2018
Rise & Shine: Education advocate assists parents of children with special needs
Hearing for the first time that a child has disabilities can be devastating for a parent. Dorothea Nicholson understands that, and…
August 20, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit special education advocate tries to help parents
This special education advocate said parents have to be sure to document everything, and stay calm — no matter what.
August 17, 2018
Rise & Shine: Boot camp works to get new kindergarteners ready for school
Good morning! It’s the beginning of the end of summer, which means we will soon be inundated with back-to-school stories. But…
Getting ready for school
August 16, 2018
Kindergarten ‘boot camp’ aims to ready young Detroit children — and their parents — for school
These young children are getting the extra boost they need before they start their first day of kindergarten through the Detroit school district's new program.
August 15, 2018
Poll: Most residents want Michigan to change the way it funds schools
The majority of the state's voters say the way schools are funded needs to change.
August 14, 2018
Detroit school board approves 2018-19 academic calendar after union agrees to changes
Teachers aren't happy about the approved academic calendar, but they want to do what's best for students.
August 10, 2018
Rise & Shine: November’s election could mean different school board dynamics
Good morning! Now that the primary election is over, Detroiters are turning their attention to November’s election, which could bring significant…
Detroit Story Booth
August 6, 2018
Watch this Detroit student read his poem about teachers who thought his differences were ADHD
This Detroiter's poem deals with how his teachers treated him when they thought he had ADHD or autism.
August 2, 2018
After initial stumbles, Detroit schools’ Parent Academy retools with new schedules and workshops
School officials are hoping to attract more parents by making adjustments to Parent Academy
August 1, 2018
Rise & Shine: Detroit’s school board members are counting ways to repair school buildings
Good morning! When more than 47,000 students return to classrooms in Detroit’s main district, leaders will still be saddled with…
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
July 26, 2018
Rise & Shine: Which school is the best fit for your child?
Good morning! Detroit is a city where parents have many options for educating their children but figuring out which school is…
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.
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