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Rise & Shine: District to reclaim four schools

Good morning! For fans of Detroit’s public school district, few aspects of emergency management stung worse than the decision to lease district buildings to charter schools. Why, they asked, should the district do anything to help the same schools they were competing against for students and state funding?

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti wasn’t in Detroit at the time, but he’s been asking the same question. Last month, the district told four charter schools that have been operating in its buildings to find new digs.

Lori’s story yesterday detailed the district’s plans for those buildings, which include brand new schools and new homes for old schools. One of the buildings will house a Montessori program. Another will be the new site of the Academy of the Americas High School.

The goal is to relieve crowding at some district schools — and to win students back from charters.

“This is specifically to increase market share,” Vitti said in a public meeting on Monday morning.

Keep scrolling for more of the latest education news. I was especially interested to hear that Detroit students will be showing off their jazz chops at Cliff Bell's on Wednesday around lunchtime. I might just have to be there.

— Koby Levin, reporter


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NEXT STEPS The city district’s decision to reclaim several buildings from charter schools has the potential to displace hundreds of families. But officials are hoping that students who attend the soon-to-be displaced charters will opt to join the district rather than change buildings. Chalkbeat

MOVING OUT This is what Detroit leaders are up against: Increasing numbers of black families are leaving Detroit for suburban counties, often in search of a lower cost of living and better schools. The Oakland Press

GRADING AND SCORING Districts could face two separate accountability systems this year after the legislature created an A-F school grading system during the lame duck session. That could mean more paperwork — and higher costs for schools. Herald Palladium

LEAVING Michigan educators are leaving the teaching profession at alarming rates, especially in the first years of their careers. Fox 17

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS A Detroit foundation is looking to spend more than $300K on literacy programs in the city this summer. The deadline for applications is Friday. Skillman Foundation

MIDDLE CLASS Detroit has the smallest middle class of any major American city. Schools are just one piece of the puzzle. Detroit Future City

STUDENT JAZZ Student musicians in the city District will play at a local jazz club on Wednesday morning. They’ve been training with prominent jazz artists, and some will eventually perform in the city’s annual jazz festival. Detroit Jazz Festival

SCHOOL FUNDING A Republican state senator lays out his priorities for the year, which include a focus on school funding and vocational education. Holland Sentinel

BRIGHTEST STAR Michigan unveiled its latest statewide read-aloud, a bedtime story that aims to help children overcome a fear of the dark. A copy will be shipped to every public library in the state. Michigan Department of Education