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Rise & Shine: How social justice and engineering can intersect for Detroit’s new high school

Good morning!

Plans are starting to take shape for a new high school that will open later this year on the campus of Marygrove College and have a focus on social justice and engineering.

But just how will that theme work?

Before the holiday break, I went to a meeting the Detroit school district held at Marygrove to talk up the school, answer questions and get input from the community.

During that meeting, Nir Saar, the principal at the still-to-be-named school, laid out some examples of ways those themes would intersect.

Read my story here to see what kind of projects could be coming to the school.

And continue reading below to find out the latest education news, including a new fight over A-F letter grades for Michigan schools.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

PHOTO: Ryan Southen, courtesy The Kresge Foundation
The former Bates Academy building on the campus of Marygrove College will be home to an innovative new “cradle to career” program.


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NEW A-F FIGHT The state education department is asking for a review of the legality of the recent legislation to require a letter grading system for Michigan schools, which was signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder last week. Bridge Magazine

EDUCATOR RESOLUTIONS Educators, what are you resolving to change in your classrooms this year? Chalkbeat

BETTER SCHOOLS Improving Michigan schools is among the top priorities of Michigan’s incoming governor and Michigan Democrats. Bridge Magazine   

GRADING SCHOOLS Michigan’s new A-F accountability system will get parents engaged in schools, according to this opinion writer. The Hill

SOCIAL JUSTICE The Detroit school district’s newest examination school, which will open on the campus of Marygrove College, will teach students about engineering and social justice. Chalkbeat

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL A guest commentator argues that all high school graduates need to either go to college, or enroll in some other type of post-secondary training. Bridge Magazine

UNDERUSED SCHOOLS Detroit isn’t the only big-city school district struggling with school buildings that are underutilized. Chalkbeat

ARTS DONATION A $1 million donation from a popular Broadway producer will help a Detroit youth theater fund summer camps and residencies at some Detroit middle schools. Detroit News

FIX SCHOOL FUNDING The top Democrat in the Michigan House is calling for a fix to the school funding formula in Michigan. WNMU