The race to become Michigan’s next governor officially entered the crucial next phase last night when Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette breezed past their opponents to become their parties’ candidates for governor. Those of us who care about education are surely aware of how much is at stake for schools in Detroit and across the state. So as the general election campaigns kick off, we have the answers the two major-party candidates gave to six key questions about education.
Also, Koby Levin reported yesterday that the main Detroit school district is likely doing away with the unpopular early dismissals on Wednesday afternoons that had been used for teacher training. The school board is expected to vote on a new school schedule next week that includes the long-awaited 2018-2019 academic calendar.
And, Kimberly Hayes Taylor posted the video of a Detroit student reading his powerful poem about the teachers who thought his differences stemmed from ADHD or another disability. It’s worth watching.
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CANDIDATES As they enter the general election, here’s what the two major-party candidates for governor had to say about funding schools, measuring success and other issues affecting education in Michigan. Chalkbeat
SCHEDULES The Detroit school board is getting ready to approve the academic calendar for the school year that starts next month. It will include some extra days off for teacher training because schools will no longer be dismissed early on Wednesday for that purpose. Chalkbeat
POET Teachers told Detroit student Damon Hogan that his differences were something to be concerned about. But his mentor through a program that helps young Detroiters explore their inner lives through written and spoken poetry assured him that he was just different. Chalkbeat
EARLY The head of an organization helping to expand access to early childhood education in low-income Detroit neighborhoods explains why that work is so important. Model D
PRIVATE The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the dispute over whether state lawmakers can direct public funds to private schools to cover the cost of state mandates. Michigan Radio