Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A new school and (maybe) some new names

Good morning! The focus of the Detroit education world will turn this morning to Marygrove College, where officials plan to announce plans for a new “cradle to career” school that will be a joint effort between the University of Michigan, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Kresge Foundation. There’s lots to say about this innovative plan: Erin has already written about the cutting edge teacher training program that the university will develop in the school, and we’re expecting lots more details this morning.

We’ll have more on that later today, but the name of the school likely won’t be known for a few months. A new policy adopted Tuesday by the Detroit school board establishes a lengthy process for naming or renaming schools. It spell out, for example, how critics of Trump cabinet member Benjamin Carson could strip his name from a midtown high school, and how fans of Aretha Franklin could someday send their children to a school named for the queen of soul.  

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, don’t forget to scroll down for the latest education news. Thanks for reading.

— Koby Levin, Detroit reporter.


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CRADLE TO CAMPUS The Marygrove campus will soon be home to a new preschool and an innovative new K-12 school run by Detroit’s main district. Full details are expected in an announcement this morning. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Crain’s

NAME GAME The district’s new policy for renaming schools sets the stage for a lengthy public debate over whether Detroit should have schools named after slaveholders, convicted criminals — or Republicans. Chalkbeat

FINED A Detroit charter school has been fined — again — over concerns that a former city councilwoman who lacked administrator credentials was improperly running the school. Detroit Free Press

NEXT STEPS Fixing problems with the drinking water in Detroit’s main district will take time and money. Advocates and parents say the district doesn’t have either one. They took the microphone Tuesday night to demand emergency funding for a rapid solution. Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Fox 2 WDIV

STOP THIEF Detroit’s main district is taking extra steps to secure its parking lots after teachers’ cars were broken into at several schools. WXYZ

POLL U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is less popular in Michigan than President Trump. The Detroit News

EVALUATE One newspaper explains why it doesn’t want the legislature to change laws that spell out how much of a teacher’s evaluation should be tied to student test scores. The Detroit News

REMEMBRANCE Students in Detroit participated in a national day of community service in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Fox 2