Lori Higgins

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.

Advocates say proposed changes to Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program would ‘turn back the dial’ on progress.

Casi un tercio de los estudiantes de Michigan estuvieron crónicamente ausentes durante el año escolar 2022-23, una de las tasas más altas en el país.

Nearly half attend schools with high concentrations of poverty, while funding disparities undermine recovery from learning loss.

A survey of Michigan residents found wide support for higher salaries for beginning teachers.

Kelley Cusmano was selected as the state’s top outstanding teacher after a months-long process that began with 700 nominations.

Detroit school leaders want action to keep pot edibles away from kids

Jon Wilcox, the principal at Petoskey Middle School, grows Christmas trees on his property and raises honey bees in his spare time.

The sponsor of the bill says it would create a culture of expectation that formal education must begin early.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said complaints aired in public meetings over the years illustrate the need for coaching for district leaders.

Nearly a third of Michigan students were chronically absent during the 2022-23 school year, one of the highest rates in the country.