Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: New hope for a historic lawsuit?

Remember last summer when a federal judge dismissed the big Detroit right-to-literacy lawsuit? A lot of folks thought it was dead.

But not Mark Rosenbaum. He’s the lead attorney who filed the lawsuit two years ago. Even then, Rosenbaum insisted this historic effort would continue to move forward. An appeal was filed. And this week, 15 briefs were filed in support of the plaintiff’s appeal.

I asked Rosenbaum Wednesday how he was feeling about the case.

“I’m 100% confident,” he said.

Read the story I posted yesterday about the new developments in the lawsuit — and the possibility that the arrival of a new governor in January could alter its fate. 

Also, mark your calendars for next week’s second annual State of the Schools address where Superintendent Nikolai Vitti will share the stage with charter school leaders. Tickets for the event are free, but registration is required. 

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Lori Higgins, Senior Reporter


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SUIT Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer said she is reviewing the right-to-read suit to decide whether the state will continue its opposition. Chalkbeat

STATE OF THE SCHOOLS While last year’s first State of the Schools address led to fiery exchanges between district and charter school leaders, this year’s discussion could focus on how the two sectors are working together on a joint bus route and a citywide grading system. Chalkbeat  

FAMILIAR New research finds that when students  have “familiar faces” around them in class, they’re less likely to be chronically absent — yet another reason why students frequently changing schools in cities like Detroit is so concerning. Chalkbeat  

PRIVATE FUNDING: A coalition of education and other advocacy groups is urging the state’s highest court to take up a lawsuit that challenges a relatively new state law that allows private schools to receive some state funding. Michigan Radio The Detroit News

SAFE WATER Three Michigan academics question why Detroit and Flint schools, which are using donations to pay for water hydration stations, are having to turn to private sources to fund public problems. Washington Post

RESEARCH Two state agencies and two universities have formed a new research institute with the goal of improving K-12 public schools across the state. MSU

UNION RELEASE TIME: Michigan senators this week narrowly passed legislation that bars teachers and other public employees (but not police officers and firefighters) from taxpayer-funded union release time. The Detroit News Detroit Free Press

UNION Michigan teachers unions have seen their memberships drop by 22 percent since the state’s right-to-work law took effect. CapCon