Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A Chalkbeat milestone

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Earlier this week, Chalkbeat reached an important milestone: We launched our first-ever membership program. Here's how it works: You donate to us, and we provide more ways to stand up for public education. That’s more local reporting, more events, and more context and analysis.

There’s even swag.

We believe that every child deserves a quality education, and that a strong press is critical to making that happen. If you believe this too, please donate today.

You’ll be supporting local stories like this one that Koby posted yesterday about how a bipartisan proposal to change the way schools are funded in Michigan could be a way for Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor-elect, to find common ground with a Republican legislature.

You’ll also be supporting stories from our national team like this report about a major charter school network grappling with how it disciplines kids.

Please take a look — and have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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COMMON GROUND  School funding appears to be one of a handful of education policies that stand a chance of succeeding during what is likely to be a contentious spell for Michigan’s state government, observers say.  Chalkbeat

RESTORATIVE Amid a growing awareness that harsh discipline can alienate students and could push them off track  to graduate, many school districts and charter networks have charged schools with reducing suspensions. Chalkbeat

STEM As it officially opnened a new office in Detroit, Google announced plans to spend $1 million on local science and math education programs. WDIV Michigan Chronicle MLive Detroit Free Press

CHOICE A school choice advocate explains why he thinks school districts raising alarms about the negative consequences of school choice aren’t telling the full story. Mackinac Center

EARLY A western Michigan county is the first in the state to dedicate funding to early childhood education programs. WZZM

TEACHERS Two Michigan school district employees are suing a state teachers union to demand the return of union fees they paid. CapCon

DOCUMENTARY A new documentary filmed at a southwest Detroit charter school about the best practices for educating Latino students and preparing them for college will be screened at a public event Tuesday night. DPTV