16 back-to-school stories with news you can use

Hey, Michiganders (er, Michiganians)! It’s officially the first day of school in Michigan for districts and charters that didn’t get the OK from the state to start early. The back to school shopping is all done, all the supplies are in the backpacks, and the kids are back in the classroom. Now it’s time to turn our focus to news you’ll need to know heading into this 2022-23 school year.

Here, we’ve compiled some Chalkbeat stories with important information on some key issues, such as COVID safety protocols, test score performance, third-grade retention, chronic absenteeism, and staffing challenges. 

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COVID safety protocols

(Emily Elconin for Chalkbeat)

Where Michigan school districts stand on COVID protocols

(Grace Tucker / Chalkbeat)

Masks are now optional for Detroit district students 

Attendance/Chronic absenteeism

(Sylvia Jarrus for Chalkbeat)

Detroit launches attendance initiatives as rising absenteeism threatens pandemic recovery

(Courtesy of Chrystal Wilson)

Detroit’s back-to-school enrollment efforts take on new urgency 

Staffing vacancies

(Allison Shelley / The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

Michigan’s teacher shortage: What’s causing it, how serious is it, and what can be done?

(Nic Antaya for Chalkbeat)

Michigan programs provide route for second-career teachers. Are they rigorous enough?

(Lori Higgins / Chalkbeat)

Detroit school district moves closer to being fully staffed

Legislative action

5 policy changes affecting Michigan classrooms, cafeterias, and school buses

(Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Betsy DeVos-backed school voucher-like initiative submits Michigan petitions

(Di’Amond Moore / Detroit Free Press)

6 Michigan education proposals that lawmakers punted to the fall

COVID relief spending

(Tracie Mauriello / Bridge Michigan / Chalkbeat)

COVID aid is a lifeline for financially troubled Michigan districts. Can they stay healthy?

(Sylvia Jarrus for Chalkbeat)

Without state leadership, Michigan’s patchwork tutoring programs struggle to address learning loss

(State of Michigan)

Gov. Whitmer proposes $280 million tutoring investment for Michigan

Michigan student test performance

(Nic Antaya for Chalkbeat)

Michigan test scores down sharply from pre-pandemic

(Rachel Wisniewski for Chalkbeat)

Reading skills gap grows in Michigan

(Nic Antaya for Chalkbeat)

Detroit district students slide back on M-STEP tests as pandemic challenges linger

Ethan Bakuli is a reporter for Chalkbeat Detroit covering Detroit Public Schools Community District. Contact Ethan at ebakuli@chalkbeat.org.