The state of Michigan will likely soon start giving A-F grades to every school in the state. Despite last-minute objections from the interim state schools superintendent who warned that the proposed grading system could violate federal law, a grading bill was approved by the state Senate last night and is on its way to the desk of a governor who has signaled plans to sign it. Check back with us later today when we’ll have more details about the bill, including the factors it will consider in calculating grades.
Also this morning, check out my update on the Hope Starts Here initiative. The $50 million effort led by the Kresge and W.K Kellogg Foundations to build preschools, train teachers, support parents, and create the tools needed to make young children healthier and better prepared for school was rolled out with great fanfare last year. Since then, the leaders of the two foundations have been fairly quiet about their work. That’s why I checked in with Kresge and Kellogg this week for more about what’s happened in the first year of the initiative. Here’s what I learned.
And, check out Lori’s story about the anxiety Detroit’s main district is creating for charter schools operating in leased district buildings. Though the district hasn't yet decided whether to renew leases on those buildings, school leaders say it’s unsettling to see district staff walking their halls, assessing the dimensions of their classrooms.
Read on for more on these stories plus the latest on a new report from Betsy DeVos’ office that aims to curtail an Obama-era effort to reduce racial disparities in student discipline. Thanks for reading!
— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief