Rise & Shine

Rise and Shine: A historic Detroit high school is in for (another) new change

Good morning!

It’s the first day of summer break for most Detroit students, and the end of my second week covering their schools. I’m excited to spend the summer working with Chalkbeat as an intern. As a proud graduate of the Detroit school system, I’m looking forward to telling the kinds of stories that I wanted to read as a student at Renaissance High School. Growing up in Detroit, I knew there were too many stories that weren’t being told, and too many voices that weren’t being heard.

That’s especially true in neighborhoods like the near east side where a historic high school has struggled in recent years. Make sure to check out our latest story on the changes coming to Southeastern High School, which has been searching in recent years for a new identity. 

Scroll down for the rest of the news, and have a great morning!

—Imani Harris, reporting intern


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SOUTHEASTERN Just two years after this Detroit high school was rebranded as an exam school, it’s now getting an infusion of cash to bring industrial technology education to the school. The school will now offer multiple options to students. Chalkbeat

ATTENDANCE New research suggests that teachers play a large role in student attendance. Chalkbeat

BENTON HARBOR Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her threat to dissolve a western Michigan district unless its school board agrees to close its high school was “no ultimatum” and says negotiations are continuing. Her handling of the matter has earned her some harsh criticism — including this week from a newspaper columnist and a college professor. But a former Benton Harbor teacher who went on to become a county education leader praises Whitmer for starting a conversation that could lead to better outcomes for kids. A conservative news site says mismanagement and incompetence are to blame for the district’s woes. Associated Press The Detroit News The Detroit News The Detroit News CapCon

HOMELESS Advocates say Michigan needs more resources to help homeless students succeed. MLive

TURMOIL A suburban district has put its superintendent on administrative leave after teachers and students accused her of creating a culture of fear and intimidation and of misusing funds. Her supporters suggest that criticism against her is rooted in racism. Fox2 WXYZ

BEATING THE ODDS A Detroit high school student has been admitted to a top state university after battling — and beating — cancer. Fox 2

GRADUATION Students from a Detroit alternative school graduated in a ceremony at Ford Field with members of the Detroit Lions on hand for the festivities. Fox 2

SUSTAINABILITY Students from two Michigan districts will soon to ride on the state’s first zero-emission electric school buses. WXYZ

ELMO A Sesame Street character stopped by a Detroit early learning center on the last day of school. Fox2