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Rise & Shine: Why expanding dual enrollment in Michigan isn’t on the table

Good morning!

There’s a lot of talk happening at the state level about the need to increase the number of Michigan residents who have some type of postsecondary education.

But one thing that could get the state closer to that goal — expanding dual enrollment programs that allow high schoolers to earn college credit — isn’t on the table right now.

Koby’s story reports that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has her eye on another effort focused on financial aid and scholarships for community college students.

In other education news, I wrote this week about the Detroit school board approving a new calendar that is being lauded for including an observance of a key Muslim holiday. The calendar also has some features that will affect students, parents and staff — like a pre-Labor Day start for the next school year that will result in a shorter summer.

And another story by Koby looks at how advocates of after-school programming are looking toward online gambling revenue as a potential source of revenue to fund those kinds of programs for students. 

Also, be sure to check out coverage by our colleagues at Chalkbeat Colorado of something no parent wants to deal with: A couple dozen school districts in the Denver metro area were closed Wednesday because of threats made by a troubled, armed woman (authorities say she killed herself Wednesday). Our colleagues asked parents and educators to share their thoughts about the ordeal, and this story rounds up their many replies.

Continue reading for more education headlines, and have a great Thursday!

Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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DUAL ENROLLMENT Expanding dual enrollment programs that allow high school students to earn college credit isn’t a priority of the Whitmer administration right now. Chalkbeat

MUSLIM HOLIDAY The Detroit school board has approved a calendar that includes observance, for the first time, of a Muslim holiday. Chalkbeat

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Advocates of after-school programs say revenue from online gambling could help provide funding for the programs. Chalkbeat

DENVER ANGST How did parents and educators in the Denver metro area deal with the angst surrounding the closure of schools because of threats by an armed woman? Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY Are America’s teachers overpaid? A Michigan university professor pens a piece that looks at the data. The Conversation

PROM REJECTION A student enrolled in a charter alternative school has been barred from attending prom as the date of a student at a traditional high school in Michigan. MLive

SNOW DAY FORGIVENESS School districts wouldn’t have to make up snow days under legislation that cleared one hurdle Wednesday. Detroit News

FORMER TEACHER A former Michigan high school teacher won a Pulitzer Prize in history for his book about Frederick Douglass. MLive

THIS AREA RULES A third of the current freshman class at Michigan’s two largest universities come from this area of the state. MLive

ROBOTICS CENTER This Michigan school took underused space in its high school and turned it into a robotics center. The Journal

TEACHING CONSENT Legislation would require Michigan schools teach consent as part of sex education classes. Michigan Radio MLive

CLASSICAL EDUCATION A charter school with a focus on classical liberal arts education is opening in Plymouth. Hometown Life

DETROIT DIRECTOR A national youth development nonprofit has announced its first Detroit executive director. Urban Alliance

ACCUSED TEACHER A teacher is being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct with a student after a video surfaces. Fox 2

SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS A local county clerk has recognized the work of special education students who have saved taxpayers thousands of dollars. WXYZ

SUMMER PLAY Parents, if you’re looking for summer programs for your children, check out this web site that lets you search for options across the city. Summer Spark