Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: It’s time to focus on solutions

Good morning!

Now that the election is behind us, we can all start focusing on what our newly elected leaders are going to do to solve major problems facing our city and state.

Among problems in need of solutions is the turmoil created by Detroit students frequently changing schools. That’s why Chalkbeat, together with our partners at Bridge Magazine, WDET, and Detroit Public Television, is hosting a forum next week focused on addressing the issues raised last month in our Moving Costs series. The event, which will be recorded and later broadcast on public radio and television, is free and open to the public.

Scroll down for more details on how to reserve your seat, as well as lots of updates about the election. We have stories on the newly elected members of the state and city school boards. And, we took at look at Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s education agenda.

Please read on and have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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MOVING COSTS Our forum about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the problem of students frequently changing schools will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Detroit Public Library’s main branch. It will feature the voices of Detroit parents and educators, as well as schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Darienne Driver, CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Tickets are free but registration is required. Chalkbeat

WHITMER The governor-elect could play a key role in resolving the Detroit district’s infrastructure crisis and increasing access to early childhood education. She has also promised consequences for low-performing charter schools run by for-profit companies — schools that compete with the city’s main district for teachers and students. Chalkbeat

STATE BOARD Democrats have gained control of the state board of education after two years of sharing power with the GOP. Read up on where the two new members stand on major issues facing the board. Chalkbeat

CITY BOARD The two women elected to the Detroit school board Tuesday include one  incumbent and one new arrival. Chalkbeat The Detroit News

TAX HIKES Voters in seven suburban communities signed off on tax hikes to pay for school renovations and security projects. Detroit Free Press