Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Questions surround state board’s power to halt charter school grant

Good morning.

Does the state board of education in Michigan have the power to halt the distribution of a federal charter school grant?

It’s a question the Michigan Attorney General has been asked to resolve after the board last month voted to reject the $47 million in funding.

Koby’s story looks at why a vote board members thought was symbolic may impact the state’s plans to use the money.

Meanwhile, in Detroit, the transportation system envisioned by Mayor Mike Duggan — which launched in 2018 — is likely to grow for its second year. My story looks at the Detroit school district’s plan to add two more schools to the GOAL Line. Currently, there are six district schools and four charter schools in the city that participate in the system. 

Continue reading for more education headlines. And have a great Thursday.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

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CHARTER VOTE What was considered a symbolic vote last month could derail plans to distribute a federal charter school grant. Chalkbeat

GOAL LINE The Detroit school district plans to add two more schools to a transportation system designed to draw students back to Detroit. Chalkbeat

SAVING LIVES How a Colorado high school saved lives with a 34-question survey.  Chalkbeat

BENTON HARBOR Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defends plan to close Benton Harbor High School as backlash continues. Detroit News  Michigan Advance Michigan Radio WSBT

VAPING LAW Michigan’s new ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors should help schools deal with what’s been described as an epidemic of youth vaping. Michigan Radio

DENTAL SCREENINGS A Michigan lawmaker wants to require dental screenings for school children. Bridge Magazine

MENTAL HEALTH Dozens of school districts across the state will share $5 million in funding to hire mental health staff to support children. MLive

GARDEN CLASSROOMS School gardens are blossoming in schools across metro Detroit, becoming labs for learning. Detroit News

LITERACY SUIT The head of a statewide parent group writes in an opinion piece that the state shouldn’t duck its responsibility in its response to a federal literacy lawsuit. Detroit News

VIRTUAL FIGHT An appeal hearing will help decide whether a Michigan school district wins its fight against a state claim that the district received more state aid than it should have. The dispute involves the district’s virtual program. Traverse City Record Eagle

SALARY COST Increasing pay to make Detroit teachers the highest paid in the state and country would be costly. Capitol Confidential