Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Tough trade-offs for families as snow days mount

Good morning!

When I was visiting an after-school program on Tuesday in Detroit,  I overheard two middle school students contemplating the coming ice storm. One was praying for school to be canceled. The other wasn’t.

Don’t you like having a day off, the boy asked his classmate.  No, she replied. “There’s nothing to do at home.”

Unfortunately for many students and families, an unexpected day off school comes with far worse consequences. Koby writes about a trade-off that some families have to make: Paying bills or putting food on the table. It’s a reality given a large percentage of children in Detroit who rely on schools for some meals. When schools are closed, those meals disappear.

Read the full story here. Also, be sure to check out our new feature called “A Morning With …” Koby kicks it off with a story about a Detroit teacher who is helping her fifth-grade students learn to read like fifth-graders.

Be sure to continue reading below for the rest of the education headlines.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

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TRADE-OFFS FOR FAMILIES When school is canceled because of snow, cold or ice, it impacts families. Chalkbeat

A MORNING WITH This Detroit teacher works hard to make sure her fifth-graders are reading like fifth-graders. Chalkbeat

THE STRIKE IS ON Denver teachers are set to go on strike after Colorado’s governor declines to intervene in a dispute over merit pay. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSURES How do school closures affect student academic achievement? Chalkbeat reviewed 17 studies to find the answer. Chalkbeat

WANTED: SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS Michigan schools are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. Monroe News

COUNTYWIDE DISTRICT? Schools in this Michigan county would gain $35 million if they combined into a single school district, says an intermediate school district superintendent. MLive

STUDENT-CREATED BRANDS A Metro Detroit shopping mall is selling brands created by students from a suburban high school. WDIV WWJ

MENTAL HEALTH More than 1,500 Michigan schools will benefit from $30 million in funding from the state for mental health services. Crain’s Detroit

CAREER EXCELLENCE Four Michigan career and technical education programs have been honored by the state education department for their excellence. MDE

CHARTER GRANTS A vocal critic of charter schools blasts the federal education department for awarding Michigan $47 million last fall for charter expansion efforts. Diane Ravitch

SCHOOL FUNDING A national newspaper reports on a recent report that shows Michigan is dead last in total revenue growth for school funding. Washington Post