Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Notes from a candidate ‘speed-dating’ session

Good morning! I have a shorter-than-usual commute this morning from my place in Southwest Detroit to the headquarters of Brilliant Detroit, where we’re meeting with parents of English language learners to hear about their experiences in Detroit schools. We’ve written a few stories about the challenges facing families who speak a language other than English at home, but this latest stop on our listening tour offers a chance to better understand their daily reality. Stay tuned for our coverage of the event, and feel free to stop by between 10 a.m. and noon at 5675 Larkins St.

No doubt the discussion will be as lively and smart as it was on Thursday night, when Detroiters got a chance to pose questions directly to candidates for the city school board. We were on hand to feel the energy in the room and record the candidates’ answers. To hear more, watch them introduce themselves in short videos.

Just as citizens hold candidates accountable, we hope that our readers will hold us to high standards of accuracy and fairness — and they often do. I want to let you know that we’ve corrected my recent story about alternative certification for teachers. The story refers to teachers “with an interim certification,” but it’s based on a list of teachers who held an interim certification at any point — even if they later became fully certified. The story’s main points still hold true, but the numbers weren’t described accurately. Read the correction, and the story, here.

Don’t forget to scroll down for a look at the weekend’s education news. Happy Tuesday!

— Koby Levin, Detroit Reporter

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MEET AND GREET Candidates for school board faced tough questions from Detroiters at a forum that paired candidates with just a few citizens at a time in a “speed-dating” format. Chalkbeat

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PHOTO: Koby Levin
Natalya Henderson, right, a candidate for Detroit school board, is a 2016 graduate of Cass Technical High School. She says the city’s main district should consolidate some of its half-empty schools.

NET LOSS State data shows which districts are losing the most students to Michigan’s school choice policies. At the top of the list? Detroit’s main district, which saw roughly 60,000 resident students attend charter and suburban schools, or elsewhere. MLive

BIG PICTURE This Michigan art teacher ties her art lessons to history with a life-sized mural in her classroom. School News Network

TEAMWORK A nonprofit plans to bring upwards of 10,000 people — including Detroit students – to a single city neighborhood for a week of planting trees, cleaning litter, and installing new bus shelters. Crain’s WILX

MID-AMERICA When it comes to teachers, Michigan is ranked in the middle of the pack nationally for “opportunity” and “work environment,” according to a new list. WalletHub