Rise & Shine:What Detroit’s main district is doing about suspensions

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Good morning and welcome to the first Detroit installment of Rise & Shine, Chalkbeat’s regular roundup of education news. Beginning today, the newsletter will go out three times a week, our way of helping you keep up with the story of Detroit’s schools — which is really the story of Detroit’s recovery.  

I spent my Monday trying not to get in the way of TV cameras as Mayor Mike Duggan laid out the final details of a school bus loop in northwest Detroit that will be funded in part by the city. The mayor was followed by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and charter school operator Ralph Bland. The two men compete for Detroit’s limited supply of students and teachers, but on Monday the word of the day was “cooperation.” Duggan named them — along with nine others — to sit on a commission designed to find common ground between charter and traditional schools in the city. Its first task? Lure back some of the 32,000 young Detroiters who are currently traveling to the suburbs for school.

We’ve also got a story from Erin about the end of a nearly year-long dispute over a vacant former school building on Detroit’s east side. A charter school that’s been trying to buy the building has finally made it through a host of legal hurdles to become the building’s new owner.

Scroll down for more, and have a great day!

— Koby Levin, Detroit reporter


BUS LOOP: Mayor Mike Duggan shared final details about a bus loop that will serve district and charter school students in northwest Detroit. He touted a “new era” of cooperation between the city’s schools. He also named 11 people he’s appointed to the new mayoral Community Education Commission. Chalkbeat, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Michigan Radio, Metro Times

FOREVER HOME: It wasn’t easy, but Detroit Prep charter school finally has ownership of a former DPS school building on the city’s east side. The purchase was held up for months by a hitch in the contract that gave veto power to district Vitti, who wouldn’t agree to a sale. State lawmakers ultimately stepped in. Chalkbeat

SUSPENSIONS: Officials in Detroit’s main school district are looking for ways to reduce suspensions. There were 16,000 last year in a district of roughly 50,000 students. One proposed solution: alternative buildings that would give suspended students somewhere to go besides home.Detroit Free Press