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Rise & Shine: The countdown is over and it’s time for school to begin again

Happy First Day of School (or Happy Tuesday if you've already started the school year)!

Today is the first day of school for the Detroit school district and some charter schools in the city. Whether you’re a student, teacher or parent — or like me, a longtime education reporter — the new school year always brings some excitement and a bit of reflection. For me, it’s always a good time to look back on my work in the previous year and my goals for the coming school year.

In the Detroit district, this year will bring a new way of learning in English language arts and math. Teachers this summer were trained on the new curriculum, which comes a year after the district rolled out a new curriculum for K-8 students.

Freelancer Michael Gerstein has this story about the high school curriculum. Follow the link to learn more about what will be different for students.

Scroll down for more education headlines.

And have a great Tuesday!

— Lori Higgins, bureau chief


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NEW CURRICULUM High school students in the Detroit district will experience a new curriculum in math and language arts as they return to school. Chalkbeat 

FIXING SCHOOLS Two Michigan leaders representing education and business pen an opinion piece in which they call on lawmakers to adopt a weighted funding system for schools and increase literacy support. Detroit Free Press

END LONG TERM SUBS The superintendent of the Detroit school district said parents should demand an end to the use of long-term subs. Bridge Magazine

READING PRESSURE The state’s third grade reading law is putting pressure on local school districts to get reading up to speed. Herald-Palladium

CLASSICAL CHARTER A look at a new charter school opening in Plymouth Township that is built around the classical education curriculum. Hometown Life

LETTERS TO KIDS A metro Detroit school district asked parents of incoming kindergarteners to write a letter to their children and share it on video. Oakland Press

BACK TO SCHOOL New faces and places will greet students when they return to school this week in this metro Detroit county. Macomb Daily

STUDENT TEACHERS Ann Arbor high school students taught middle school students during this inventive summer camp. WDIV

STYLIN’ NEW YEAR Orientation came with $5 haircuts for students attending this Michigan middle school. Times Herald 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY You’re putting children at risk if you don’t stop for school buses. Battle Creek Enquirer