Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: How Michigan’s next governor could help students stay put

Good morning!

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

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BUS FIX Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer say more money for busing could help cut down on the turmoil created in schools at a time when 1 in 3 elementary school students change schools every year. Chalkbeat/Bridge

LAPTOPS This Detroit school counselor uses social media callouts to make sure her students have access to things like homecoming dresses and the laptops they need to participate in yearbook. She says she connects with students by being unapologetically herself. Chalkbeat

TESTS A new national study suggests that the measures many states use to evaluate schools don’t adequately recognize whether students are improving — and end up being biased against schools that serve disadvantaged students. NWEA

WALKOUT A group of Detroit students walked out of class during Wednesday’s Count Day to protest water contamination in schools. Michigan Radio Fox2

STARTING OVER Students displaced from the charter school that abruptly announced its closure last week are having to endure the first day of school for a second time this year. WDIV