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Rise & Shine: Report shines light on use of long-term subs in Michigan schools

Good morning!

As Michigan’s academic slide was happening, schools were becoming increasingly reliant on long-term substitute teachers, most of whom have little to no education training.

That’s a takeaway from a report posted Wednesday by our partners at Bridge Magazine. 

Chalkbeat’s Philissa Cramer wrote a summary of that report, plus provided some insight into the steps the Detroit school district is taking to avoid relying on long-term subs. You can go to Bridge Magazine’s web site for the full report, including a database of substitute teacher rates.

Meanwhile, my story earlier this week is a quick look at the second edition of a Detroit school guide for parents, produced by the city’s Community Education Commission. The guide provides parents some insight into every public school in the city. This time around, it has some new features. It still lacks academic information that some parents may be looking for. Read my story to see when some of that info will be added.

And don’t forget to scroll down for more education headlines. And as usual, have a great day!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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LONG-TERM SUBS A new report sheds light into how Michigan schools have become reliant on long-term substitute teachers to fill job openings. Bridge Magazine Chalkbeat

PARENT GUIDE If you’re looking for help deciding which Michigan school to choose, this guide may help. But it’ll be months before it includes academic information. Chalkbeat

LGBTQ CURRICULUM Advocates in this state want more LGBTQ curriculum in their schools. Chalkbeat 

MID-YEAR ENROLLMENT Charter schools in some cities enroll few students mid-year. Here’s why that matters. Chalkbeat 

SCHOOL RANKINGS If you’re into school rankings, a newly-released effort identifies the top 25 Michigan school districts. WDIV WXYZ 

FLINT CALENDAR Here are some of the biggest challenges facing the Flint school district as it launches a year-round calendar. Michigan Radio

SCHOOL CHAMPIONS High school students need a homeroom champion, says this opinion writer. Detroit News

HEAD START A Wayne County agency is taking on a Head Start contract serving nearly 450 children. Crain’s Detroit