Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Will Michigan lift its cap on dual enrollment?

I was surprised to learn from Koby’s story last week that a little-known state law currently limits the number of college credits students can earn while still in high school. 

It turns out, many state lawmakers were surprised to learn this too.

As Koby reported yesterday, a bill that would have lifted Michigan's unusual dual enrollment cap sailed through the state Senate last year — but somehow got lost in the House. “Boy, we must have just missed it,” said the former chair of the House education committee. “I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t have been in favor.”

Also today, check out Lori’s update on the district’s school renaming process. Frederick Douglass’ name will remain on a west side school for boys, but three other schools — including the Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine — could get new names.

And, I highly recommend this story from our partners at Bridge Magazine about an affluent suburban high school where a white teacher was planning to teach an African-American history course that students and parents found offensive.

Scroll down for these and other headlines — and have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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DUAL Michigan is one of just five states that caps the number of college classes students can take while still in high school. The state senate last year unanimously backed a bill that would have changed that, but the matter never got a vote in the House. Chalkbeat

IN A NAME A school that many thought could be renamed to honor the late Aretha Franklin is no longer on the list of the schools that are up for a name change. Other name changes are moving forward. Chalkbeat

STRIKE Now that teachers in Los Angeles and Denver are back in the classrooms, schools in Oakland are preparing for their teachers to walk out. Chalkbeat

MISEDUCATION Michigan social studies standards provide no guidance about what students need to know about African-American history after the civil rights movement. That set the stage for “miseducation” in an African-American history class. Bridge

LIBRARIANS Wayne State University is now offering an experimental certificate that will turn teachers into school librarians. Wayne State University Crain’s

DEGREES A new study finds that more Michigan residents are getting college degrees or professional certificates — but not enough for the state to be competitive. Michigan Radio Bridge

COMPLAINT A computer coding class for teen girls in Detroit has prompted a civil rights complaint from a professor who claims the class wrongly excluded boys. Michigan Radio

SNOW A newspaper editorial board urges lawmakers to oppose legislation that would give schools flexibility on snow days. The Detroit News

SCHOOL A former elementary school on Detroit’s east side is unlikely to be reopened as a school. It will be converted into a community center with affordable housing. Crain’s

SPOTLIGHT The state education department and Michigan State University are using a $250,000 federal grant to highlight great teaching through a #proudMIeducator series. MDE