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Rise & Shine: A ‘historic’ school bus partnership and its surprising results

Good morning!

When Mayor Mike Duggan first announced a bus route that would serve both district and charter schools in his State of the City address last year, he called it “almost historic” —  a rare moment when competitive Detroit schools would work together in hopes of luring back some of the students who travel to the suburbs every day for school.

A year later, that program has had some early successes, but they’re not necessarily the ones Duggan anticipated. As Koby reported yesterday, it’s not clear whether the GOAL Line bus route has brought any families back to the city, but parents rave about the program’s free after-school activities.

Scroll down for more on that story and the rest of this morning’s headlines. And have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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GOAL The GOAL line’s biggest attraction doesn’t seem to be transportation. A survey shows most families are drawn by the free, high-quality after-school program offered to students who use the route. Chalkbeat

TEACHERS New research finds that new teachers are often assigned the students who are farthest behind, creating problems for students and their teachers. Chalkbeat

GROSSE POINTE One of the state’s most affluent school districts is considering school closures and other measures to cope with budget shortfalls caused by declining enrollment. Detroit Free Press Michigan Radio

A-F Some educators are questioning the traditional student report card, wondering if A-F grades still make sense. Michigan Radio

READ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been visiting schools across the state, reading to students and talking about the need for more education funding. WWMT

SPECIAL A Detroit special education teacher who raised money to buy winter coats for her students has won a statewide excellence award. Patch