The forces that drive families to frequently change schools in Detroit — low school quality, high school choice, plus housing and family disruptions — are all big problems that are difficult to solve, but both major-party gubernatorial candidates in MIchigan have thrown their support behind one solution that could make a difference for Detroit children. They’ve both backed plans to improve bus transportation for Michigan students.
That commitment comes just days after Chalkbeat and Bridge Magazine published the Moving Costs series examining the causes and consequences of enrollment instability. Neither candidate specified how they might pay for this expensive fix but whoever wins in November, this is something we can hold them accountable for.
We also had a story yesterday about a high school counselor who helped students get laptops they needed to work on the school yearbook by asking her Facebook friends to donate equipment.
That counselor is also organizing this weekend’s Tale the Teacher storyteller event, which Chalkbeat is co-sponsoring. If you have time Saturday night, stop by the Lyft Lounge downtown at 7 p.m., where five Detroit educators will share stories from the classroom. If you’re not able to catch the event live, don’t worry. We’ll be posting videos of the stories in coming weeks. Thanks for reading!
— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief