Rise & Shine: Striking a balance in special education

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Our national team wrote about the debate surrounding pausing a special education rule designed to stop people of color from being over-identified as disabled.

Sing along as you read Koby Levin’s story of students in a Detroit school who starred in a music video that encourages reading.

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Read on for the rest of this week’s education news. Today is going to be another scorcher, so I’m hoping you’re finding ways to stay cool.

— Kimberly Hayes Taylor, Chalkbeat Detroit senior reporter

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SPECIAL EDUCATION U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waded into a national debate by pausing enforcement of a new special education rule, citing concerns that people of color who needed special accommodations might not get them. Chalkbeat

MUSIC VIDEO These Detroit students didn’t have the advantage of art or music classes last school year, but they still got a chance to dance, sing, and style in a video about reading success. Word on the street is people are watching it as far away as India. Chalkbeat

BUILDING REPAIR A business columnist said the $530 million needed to repair crumbling Detroit school buildings is the “next looming crisis” for the district. Crain’s Detroit Business

LAWSUIT A parent sues Detroit’s main district because she said a teacher severed a finger on his hand. Freep

GREATER GRADUATION A new study shows the state’s public charter schools outperform its main district schools in graduation rates and college enrollment. Watchdog