Lori Higgins

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Detroit

Lori Higgins is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Detroit. Previously, she covered K-12 education for nearly two decades as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, was a reporter and editor at the Green Bay Press Gazette, and a reporter at the Manhattan Mercury. She is a native of Chicago and product of Chicago Public Schools.

More than 60% of Michigan’s teaching workforce is over the age of 40, and the pipeline of new candidates is running low.
Fewer metro Detroit high school graduates are enrolling in college or training programs, a trend that could affect employers’ ability to fill jobs.
Schools are teetering between optimism and exhaustion two years into the pandemic.
Hamtramck Academy Principal Alvin Ward helms a school that recently was honored for its progress with some groups of students.
Detroit school district students and staff have been required to wear a mask in school buildings since the beginning of the school year.
As Detroit students return to school Monday, the deadline looms for parents in DPSCD to consent to COVID testing for their children.
Across the nation, many schools have returned to in-person learning after the winter break. But not Detroit.
Schools rely on the COVID rapid tests to determine if sick kids are infected, and to ensure those who’ve been quarantined are safe to return to buildings.
Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has described a new student COVID testing mandate, which goes into effect when physical classrooms reopen, as crucial to keeping schools safe.
Michigan’s schools have a lot to deal with in 2022, the biggest of which is whether the pandemic will continue to affect in-person instruction.
Parents in the Detroit Public Schools Community District have until Jan. 31 to turn in COVID testing consent forms if they want their children to learn in person
The pandemic has been tough on food service workers because of staff and supply shortages
Students won’t return to classes until after Wednesday and students who do not submit to testing will need to switch to virtual school.
Although the circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear, in recent weeks students, staff, and parents across the nation have been feeling considerable pressure during a difficult school year.
The district says the remote Fridays will give staff extra time to deep-clean schools
Detroit has been hit hard by COVID and after a year and a half of pandemic learning, students and parents are getting mental health support
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called budget language about school mask mandates unconstitutional, but some local health officials are worried about lost funding and court battles.
The Marygrove Early Childhood Education Center in Detroit is one of the major initiatives of the Hope Starts Here effort that seeks to provide quality options for young children.
Early enrollment numbers in the Detroit school district has Superintendent Nikolai Vitti feeling “cautiously optimistic,” as some students and teachers raise concerns about class sizes and COVID safety
The Detroit Public Schools Community District is spending $70 million for COVID testing for students and staff.
The Detroit Public Schools Community District had 50,000 students enrolled on the first day of school, but it may take home visits to get all of them in the classroom.
Scores will provide a glimpse of student achievement during a disruptive pandemic year.
The new mask mandate for Wayne County schools is aimed at protecting against COVID and its surging delta variant.
Researchers who studied data on Detroit’s homeless student population say schools should invest in helping staff better identify students who need services.