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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.

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The proposal doesn’t have a clear political path after Democrats won full control of the state legislature in November
Chalkbeat Detroit will pay close attention to chronic absenteeism, because high rates in communities like Detroit are hurting pandemic recovery efforts
State funded preschool program struggles to compete for workers as private-sector wages rise
Advocates now have to navigate a crowded legislative agenda as Democrats take power in Lansing
Duggan administration shelves a planned $6 million investment in child care infrastructure for other priorities
Many Michigan school races were unusually combative, stoking fears that hyper-partisan discourse would interrupt the essential workings of local boards.
Families typically try their best to get kids to school, interviews with parents and researchers show. If you know why absenteeism remains high, we want to hear your story.
Schools have gotten little help addressing a problem that is far bigger than them, experts say, one whose roots lie in society-wide failures of housing, employment, and public health.
Did Dixon say kids can’t get COVID? Are children failing reading under Whitmer’s watch? As Election Day approaches, Chalkbeat looks into the candidates’ claims about each other.
The study findings are significant for Michigan, which has robust school choice policies but no rules to ensure that students have school options in their own neighborhoods.
Math scores declined sharply nationwide on the first National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, given since the pandemic, and Detroit was no exception.
Michigan students are largely back to maskless, in-person learning, but another set of divisive debates looms in upcoming school board elections.
Plaintiffs sought to use tax-protected MESP accounts to pay tuition at private, religious K-12 schools
Districts are heeding expert warnings of a “perfect storm” of economic uncertainty fueled by inflation, enrollment declines, the threat of recession, and expiring federal aid.
A new initiative pairs prospective child care providers with a staffer from the state licensing agency who helps with paperwork and inspections.
Return to the choir room ‘is like seeing your best friend.’
Researchers: School choice doesn’t help in remote areas that lack options.
Lawmaker wants to bar children from using their devices during the school day
Results provide some of the strongest evidence yet of the academic fallout from the pandemic
National charter school operators have largely avoided confronting the immense student need, fierce competition, and low regulation that characterize the school landscape in Detroit.
At Mark Twain School for Scholars and University Preparatory Academy Elementary School, there was a sense of optimism about the school year
The scramble for Montessori seats is in some senses a welcome sign for the Detroit Public Schools Community District
Supporters of the new rules say they will limit the influence of for-profit charter school management companies.
A coalition of national groups warns the early learning system is approaching ‘a catastrophic funding cliff’