Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: What would a Governor Schuette mean for schools?

Good morning! I can’t pretend I wasn’t a little jittery last Wednesday. It was, after all, a double-first: my first time on TV, and my first time interviewing a gubernatorial candidate.

I’m not sure how I did — I still haven’t summoned the nerve to actually watch the interview — but there’s no question that I, along with our colleagues in the Detroit Journalism Collaborative, learned more about where Republican Bill Schuette stands on the most pressing issues facing Michigan schools.

Perhaps most importantly, Schuette reinforced his past support for closing struggling schools, saying that if a school “isn’t doing the job, then we need to make sure that we help the parents and help the children.”

Take a look at our story — and the whole interview — here, then scroll down for an especially busy list of education headlines.

— Koby Levin, reporter


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SCHUETTE ON SCHOOLS The Republican candidate for governor answered questions from a panel of reporters about his positions on education. He emphasized the importance of reading and said he would consider the possibility of a universal pre-K program in Michigan. Chalkbeat Michigan Radio Bridge DPTV

FORCED OUT A former Detroit city councilwoman was fired on Monday from her position leading a troubled Detroit charter school, but she refused to leave, leading the school’s authorizer to seek a court order. Detroit Free Press The Detroit News

TIME OUT A judge halted the firing of a high school basketball coach in Detroit’s main district and called an emergency hearing on Tuesday to resolve the matter.The coach says he was wrongfully terminated and plans to sue for damages. Detroit Free Press

BUS CRASH Eight Detroit students were taken to the hospital on Monday after a minivan crashed into their school bus, though none were seriously injured. Nine students from a district school were on board. WXYZ Detroit Free Press

CHARITABLE FILTRATION A billionaire tech entrepreneur is paying to filter drinking water in Flint’s main school district. Elon Musk’s foundation is donating $480,000 for the project. The Detroit News CBS Detroit Detroit Free Press

HERSTORY Three Detroit middle schoolers are headed to New York for an international “HerStory” summit designed to build connections between girls. Click On Detroit

LIONS DONATION The Detroit Lions have donated $100,000 to City Year, an organization that places full-time tutors in Detroit schools. Detroit Lions

SHOTS FIRED A Detroit charter school went into lockdown as students were being dismissed after shots were fired from a car outside the school. Click On Detroit WWJ