Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Will the Detroit district soon shed state oversight?

Good morning!

After nearly two decades of state control or supervision, Michigan’s largest school district could soon be completely on its own. An elected school board has been running the Detroit Public Schools Community District for the last two years but all of the board’s major decisions have needed approval from a state financial oversight board. As Lori reported yesterday, however, that could change soon if the board meets several criteria including passing its third consecutive balanced budget.

Scroll down for more on that story, plus news of the governor's new educator advisory council.

Also, teachers, we have a favor to ask: We want to know what books, blog posts, essays and news stories you’d recommend to other educators. Just follow this link to respond. And thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.


INDEPENDENCE Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says being out from under state oversight will make a difference for the district. “We’ll have flexibility to do things differently,” he said. Chalkbeat

ADVISORY Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating an educator advisory council within the state education department. The 15 council members will advise the governor on education issues. AP The Oakland Press Michigan Advance State of Michigan

MATH New research shows that more Michigan high school students have taken advanced math and have been more likely to enroll in a four-year college since the state adopted more rigorous graduation requirements in 2011. Michigan State University

TEACH A suburban district is opening a new high school where future educators will be able to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in an education field such as child development. Dearborn Public Schools

CLOSURES Officials in a wealthy suburban district have identified the schools it might need to close due to declining enrollment. The Detroit News WDIV

FALSE State officials quashed a rumor that the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint would be closing. MLive

SUPERINTENDENT One candidate for state superintendent makes the case for a “fairer funding model” for Michigan schools; another makes the case for why he should be chosen. Bridge MLive

LABOR DAY Some advocates believe this year’s harsh winter will create more support for changing the law that forces school districts to seek a waiver to start school before Labor Day. Great Lakes Echo

SNOW A bill to allow districts three additional snow days for the current school year has advanced in the House. WILX

HAMILTON Nearly 30 students from 13 Michigan high schools performed on stage at the Fisher Theatre as part of an education program inspired by the musical Hamilton. The Oakland Press WXYZ