Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: How much will it cost to repair your school?

Good morning! The first week of school, with its heat and water problems, provided yet another reminder that Detroit’s school buildings are in bad shape. We’ve known for months that the full scope of the problems would take half a billion dollars (with a “b”) to fix. But which schools need the most work? A newly released report puts a price tag on the problems at each of the district’s 100 or so school buildings.

My story on Friday included the full list, allowing readers to look up any school in the district. Take a look. Some of the details are surprising.

The state of school buildings is just one of the pressing issues that we’ll take on this month during four exciting events with teachers, education leaders, and parents. First up: a forum next week where voters can meet candidates for the Detroit school board — speed dating style. Also coming up: A teacher storytelling event, a listening tour for parents of children who are learning English and the second annual State of the Schools Address. Please mark your calendars, and don’t forget to scroll down for the latest education headlines.

Koby Levin, Detroit reporter

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PRICE TAG Here’s how much it will cost to make urgent repairs at each school in the district. Even some relatively new schools like Cass Tech are in need of expensive repairs. Chalkbeat

COMING UP Four events coming up will take on the problems facing students and teachers in Detroit. We’d love to see you there! Chalkbeat

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BIG PLAYER Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation, with its focus on “personalized” learning and teacher training, has been revealed to be one of the nation’s largest education philanthropies. We now know where the grants going. Chalkbeat

LEAD QUESTION Michigan parents worried about lead in the drinking water at their child’s school often don’t have an easy time getting an answer. No state or federal law requires schools to test water fountains for lead. Bridge

VACANCIES Schools across Michigan are still struggling to fill open teaching positions, even as a handful of districts draw dozens of applicants for a single job. Detroit News

NOMINEES Michigan’s education department is taking applications for the annual statewide teacher of the year award. Michigan Department of Education

HEATED DEBATE As the general election looms, a cartoonist portrays a disconnect between political rhetoric and conditions in Michigan schools. Michigan Radio

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT Which high schools scored lowest on the SAT? The bottom 50 includes 19 schools in Wayne County, which contains Detroit. MLive

GOOD SAMARITANS Detroit city schools have begun to receive donations of bottled water, many of them delivered by alumni of the district. Michigan Chronicle WILX

TOO SOON More Michigan schools are receiving permission to start classes before Labor Day, and the state’s tourism industry isn’t happy. Michigan Radio

TIGHT BUDGET This Michigan teacher loves her job. But she’s been teaching for four years, and she wants to buy a house, and money is tight. Refinery 29