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

Where Michigan school districts stand on COVID protocols

Masks are now optional for Detroit district students 

Attendance/Chronic absenteeism

Detroit launches attendance initiatives as rising absenteeism threatens pandemic recovery

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

Staffing vacancies

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

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

Detroit school district moves closer to being fully staffed

Legislative action

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

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

6 Michigan education proposals that lawmakers punted to the fall

COVID relief spending

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

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

Gov. Whitmer proposes $280 million tutoring investment for Michigan

Michigan student test performance

Michigan test scores down sharply from pre-pandemic

Reading skills gap grows in Michigan

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.