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Koby Levin

Reporter, Chalkbeat Detroit

Koby Levin joined Chalkbeat Detroit in 2018. He was named Young Journalist of the Year for 2020 by the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit. His coverage of inequities in Detroit education has received awards for feature writing, education reporting, and best writing. He previously worked for the Joplin Globe and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, where his work was a finalist for an EWA investigative journalism award. Koby is a Michigan native and is fluent in Spanish. Reach him at klevin@chalkbeat.org.

The state plans to invest in child care buildings, educator training, and startup grants.
The bills to require early screening and intervention passed unanimously, an unusual occurrence in an election year when education policy has become a hot-button political issue.
The lawsuit aims to eliminate a clause in Michigan’s constitution that could be used to challenge the ballot initiative.
Michigan has a financial cushion thanks to federal stimulus funds and stronger-than-expected state revenues. But education spending is a sticking point.
A lack of coordination and financial support leaves individual districts to develop their own programs or take other approaches to learning delays.
Well-developed tutoring programs can make a big difference for students who struggled with online learning. These students are more likely to be people of color and to come from economically disadvantaged families.
Experts warn that traditional credit recovery programs may not be enough to reverse the graduation downturn.
Any uptick in enrollment is welcome news to Michigan educators, who have been warning that students were missing out on critical education experiences.
School-based health centers allow students to access therapy, a medical checkup, or a dental appointment a short walk from their classrooms.
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Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding are at stake, including an estimated $40 million per year for schools.
Federal funds fuel an “explosion” of demand for dogs trained to work with emotionally distressed kids.
The statewide graduation rate was 80.4% for the Class of 2021, a decrease of 1.6% from the previous year. Graduation rates have fallen nationally after years of progress.
Statewide enrollment is still down 3% since before the pandemic — and 5% in city districts — raising questions about where those students went.
Report says the state needs to invest more money to keep workers from leaving for better-paying jobs
Michigan schools have $6 billion in federal COVID relief funding to spend to help students recover from the pandemic
Across the nation, many schools have returned to in-person learning after the winter break. But not Detroit.
Vaccines and testing reduce the spread of COVID, which is disrupting student learning and families’ lives.
Some districts have asked for community priorities and promised to keep the public informed about spending. Other districts have put in less effort.
District vaccine mandates for staff are rare in Michigan, which had the second most COVID cases per capita in the country over the last week.
Chalkbeat put together a list of resources for families that help them understand how to monitor threats in their school and where to go for help dealing with trauma.
Detroit schools, city-run clinics, and pharmacies are offering vaccines for children ages 5-11. Parents or guardians must accompany children under age 18.
The proposed Michigan dyslexia laws have drawn unusually broad support from lawmakers and experts who say the state has not done enough to identify and support struggling readers.
Doses are already available at many Michigan pharmacies and health departments.