I first caught wind that something big was in the works on the campus of Marygrove College about a year ago. The storied institution had just stunned the city with the news that it would stop offering undergraduate courses, and I soon started hearing from sources that an innovative new public school could be part of the campus’ future.
When the Kresge Foundation announced last fall that it would build a comprehensive early childhood center in an undisclosed location, I kept getting one answer to where that could be: Marygrove. And when I heard that the University of Michigan’s school of education was looking to create a new kind of “teaching school” in Detroit, I almost didn’t have to ask where that might land. It was already clear that a lot of people were pulling to make the stars align for a “cradle to career” educational program on the elegant grounds of the college.
My story on yesterday’s formal announcement has lots more details about the new school, including Kresge’s historic $50 million investment in the effort, and the story of how all the pieces came together. Scroll down for more on that and the rest of the week’s headlines. And have a great weekend!
— Erin Einhorn, bureau chief
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MARYGROVE The new school is major coup for the main Detroit district, which gets a chance to demonstrate its ability to launch cutting-edge new schools even as it works to stabilize a long-troubled school system. It’s also significant for Michigan, which is trying to reinvent teacher training in the United States, and marks an important moment for Kresge as the institution leads the way in both early childhood education and supporting the neighborhood near Marygrove. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Crain’s
TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE A program that pairs computer science professionals with teachers, to “team teach” computer science, expands in Michigan with programs coming to nine Detroit schools. Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development
LUNCH FOR ALL This suburban district has started offering all of its K-12 students a free lunch. Detroit Free Press
TROUBLING ALLEGATIONS The main Detroit district has put a school bus driver and an aide on leave while investigating allegations that the pair attacked a child with special needs. WDIV