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.

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.
Researchers: School choice doesn’t help in remote areas that lack options.
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’
Districts’ new financial freedom could allow officials to focus more on educational priorities such as academics and teacher pay, or on reviving depleted elective programs
School security and the teacher pension system are also among the winners in a year of budget surplus
The department’s guidance is not binding on districts, but it may influence their approach to negotiations with parents of students with disabilities.
The package contains minor procedural fixes and major changes in how the state supports small, home-based providers.
Districts have once again beefed up their summer programming, from credit recovery to camps focused on robotics and sports.
Even as Michigan’s state revenues reach record highs, officials appear poised to let the program expire.
Road gets more challenging for initiative to award tax credits for scholarships to private school
Skeptics worry Duggan’s plan could add complexity to an already confusing system
Circulators said that the issue would go to a vote, even though it will likely be approved by the legislature without ever appearing on a ballot.
The proposal, which requires approval from Republican lawmakers, marks a shift for state leaders who have not previously emphasized tutoring as an academic recovery tool.
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.