Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Some Detroit schools will get repairs. Others will have to wait

The Detroit school district is still a long way from having the resources it needs to bring all of its 106 buildings up to modern standards, but nearly four dozen schools will be getting some major repairs.

Lori’s story yesterday lists the schools that have been chosen for upgrades, mainly those with relatively high enrollments for their size, and those facing pressing problems that need immediate attention. Less clear is what will happen to schools with empty seats and declining enrollments. They might wait for repairs, if they get them at all.

It might not make sense to invest heavily in them “because we don’t know about the future of those buildings,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Also yesterday, the state released 2018 graduation rates for every high school in the state. Lori’s story gives readers the option to look up schools’ graduation rates, but she notes that these numbers don’t necessarily equate to readiness for life beyond high school. Scroll down for more on these stories, and the rest of this morning's headlines. And have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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REPAIRS The Detroit district is moving ahead with a proposal to spend $9.7 million to address facility needs at 46 schools. The work will cover just a fraction of the needs of the district’s crumbling buildings. Chalkbeat

GRADUATION More than 80 percent of Michigan students in the class of 2018 graduated on time, a slight increase over the last few years. But previous data show that a large number of those students who did graduate likely weren’t college ready. Chalkbeat

WINDFALL A scholar at a conservative Washington think tank argues against Mayor Mike Duggan’s push to use federal child care funds for universal pre-K for four-year-olds. The Detroit News

QUIT One in five Michigan teachers leave the profession in their first five years. WXMI

TEACH Michigan’s highest-paying school district is in a suburb of Detroit. CapCon

COLLEGE Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to make community college free in Michigan should boost enrollment, but might not have much impact on whether students earn a degree. MLive

TUITION How much of a return the state will get on Whitmer’s proposed college tuition program depends on which colleges students choose to attend. Bridge

TENNESSEE The college tuition plan is based on a program in Tennessee. Bridge

PISTONS A recent career event at a Detroit high school connected students studying sports management with people working in the Detroit Pistons front office. Michigan Chronicle