Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A push in Detroit to attract teachers before the new school year

Good morning!

Earlier this year, I met a Detroit student who had gone several years without a permanent English teacher. It's a startling reality. But it's also the consequence of a problem that has plagued schools in the city — and increasingly elsewhere in Michigan — as leaders try to compete for a shrinking number of certified teachers.

Imani has a story about how schools in Detroit — both district and charters — are on the hunt to fill vacancies this summer. She notes that a range of initiatives — from summer training to bonuses — has the head of the Detroit school district optimistic that the district will be able to start the new school year with few vacancies. 

Read her story here. And scroll down for the latest education news.

Have a great Thursday!

Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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TEACHER VACANCIES Detroit schools are trying to get creative in the push to fill teacher vacancies. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL REFORM FALTERS Two school turnaround models in Tennessee either haven’t worked or are stalled.  Chalkbeat

CLOSING SCHOOLS A pair of parent advocacy groups in Chicago held a workshop to discuss alternatives to closing schools. Chalkbeat

JUDGE RULES A Wayne County judge ordered the reinstatement of a local superintendent who was placed on leave in the midst of an investigation. Hometown Life Detroit News

RIGHT TO LITERACY The head of Michigan’s largest teachers union says literacy should be a right for schoolchildren. Detroit News

ENDING SUMMER SLIDE A balanced year round calendar is being implemented at some struggling Michigan schools to help students beat the summer academic slide. WWMT

LEARN FROM FLINT A Detroit newspaper editorial is urging the city’s school district to follow another district’s example in extending its school calendar. Detroit News

SCHOOL REFORM An opinion writer says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should make Benton Harbor High School into an shining example of school reform. Eastern Echo

LGBTQ LAWSUIT The ACLU of Michigan is asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit filed by parents in a Michigan school district. The parents argue a policy designed to protect the rights of LGBTQ students is unfair to their own children. Michigan Radio

HEAD START JOBS Wayne County Head Start programs are seeking early childhood educators. A job fair will be held Friday in Highland Park. Follow the link for more information. Wayne Metro Head Start