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Rise & Shine: Extra pay for some teachers and principals?

Good morning!

Detroit Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has repeatedly made it clear that he thinks district teachers deserve pay increases. But at a State of the Schools event Wednesday at Renaissance High School, he took that idea a step further, saying teachers in hard-to-staff schools and those whose students see improved academic achievement should be paid more.

It was something Vitti mentioned twice during his speech Wednesday. But he talked about much more during an event that attracted 350 invited guests. Those in the audience included elected leaders, community leaders, business people, parents, teachers, students, administrators, and state and local education leaders.

You can read my story here about the event, and be sure to scroll to the bottom of the story to see the full district presentation, which includes all sorts of data and district accomplishments.

If you missed the event, you can catch the livestream of it on the district’s website.

Also Wednesday, Koby posted a story about the latest legislative news regarding a bill that could impact how much of a teacher’s evaluation is based on student growth data.

And if you missed it Tuesday, be sure to check out the full video from the Chalkbeat Detroit team’s Friday interview with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who answered a range of questions from us about education.

Scroll down for the rest of the education headlines. And have a great day!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

PHOTO: Erin Einhorn
Detroit schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti delivers his State of the Schools address on April 10, 2019.

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MICHIGAN AND ESSA A roundup of the latest news regarding the federal education law, including what’s happening here in Michigan. The74

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