Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A long-awaited salary bump for some Detroit teachers

Good morning,

Earlier this year the Detroit school district took a big step toward reducing teacher shortages when it began recognizing years of experience for new hires. It was a key move because the long-standing rule of only recognizing two years of experience was keeping teachers from applying for jobs.

Months after this rule was lifted, Koby’s analysis of teacher salary data finds pay raises  helped provide a big bump for a number of teachers, including one  who saw a $26,000 increase in her salary.

Read the story and check out the full district payroll, including teacher salaries.

Also this morning, check out my latest piece on the A-F letter grading accountability system for Michigan schools that is almost a done deal. This system is opposed by a number of education groups and state Superintendent Sheila Alles, whose last-minute letter didn’t sway lawmakers.

Meanwhile, with 2018 coming to a close, we wanted to pause and look back at the year that was. In Detroit, it was a news-filled year: We took a deep look at the impact frequent school transfers have on students and schools. We provided comprehensive coverage of the 2018 elections, from the governor’s race to the Detroit school board race. We also dove into the abrupt closure of a Detroit charter school.

In addition, the Chalkbeat network expanded to Newark and Chicago and kicked off its first multicity Listening Tour. Chalkbeat also launched its first-ever membership program in November. As a nonprofit news organization, we know that Chalkbeat is nothing without our loyal readers, and we hope you’ll continue your support by donating to our end-of-year campaign.  We have just 10 days left to hit our 2018 goals. Please donate today.

This is our last newsletter of the year. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you in 2019!

- Lori Higgins, senior reporter

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The average teacher in the Detroit district got a roughly 8 percent raise since June 2017.

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