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Rise & Shine: What children of color are up against in Michigan schools

Good morning!

A new report out yesterday warns that Black and Latino children in Michigan are facing a slew of extra challenges in school — and that could result in serious consequences when the tough new third-grade reading law takes effect in 2020. The report also notes that while children of color are more likely to succeed with educators they identify with racially or ethically, 90 percent of Michigan teachers are white.

Scroll down for more that report, plus lots of details on the main Detroit district’s $3 million fix for its water-quality woes.

Also, check out this interesting post from Education Trust-Midwest, which adds up all the students whose test scores are essentially ignored by state policymakers. That includes the 6.7 percent of all Michigan students — and 11 percent of Black students — whose scores aren’t counted because they change schools during the school year. This is yet another consequence of the extreme enrollment instability in Detroit that we highlighted in our ‘Moving Costs’ series last week.

Thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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RACE A report on racial issues in Michigan schools notes that the percentage of African-American teachers in the state has been in decline and that teachers of color are more likely to work in urban areas, where conditions are more difficult, salaries are lower, and turnover tends to be higher. Chalkbeat

WATER The $3 million water filtration systems that private donors are helping to install in more than 100 Detroit schools are a long-term solution to just one piece of the district’s staggering infrastructure challenges. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press The Detroit News WDIV WXYZ Associated Press

TOXINS Reports on from district water tests show extreme levels of toxins including one school that had more than 54 times the amount of lead allowable under federal law. The Detroit News

UNCOUNTED A school advocate warns that Michigan schools are not being held accountable for the test scores of nearly 100,000 students who are being excluded because they’re changing schools or because they’re in demographic groups that make up too small a fraction of students in a school. Education Trust-Midwest

Students in the lunchroom at Golightly Education Center in Detroit.

CHARTER FUNDS New or expanding Michigan charter schools will be eligible to receive up to $1 million through a $47 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Michigan Department of Education

READING The attorney behind the federal “right to read” lawsuit, which accuses Michigan of violating Detroit students’ civil rights by not ensuring a quality education, wrote about some of the conditions his suit documented. Among them: scarce textbooks, freezing temperatures, and students assigned to courses they had already taken. The PuLSE Institute

LUNCH Michigan schools are scrambling to fill a lunch monitor shortage. Detroit Free Press

MARYGROVE Here’s the inside story behind a foundation’s big bet on turning Marygrove College into a “cradle to career” institution. Inside Philanthropy