Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Your vote today matters to students in Detroit

Good morning, and happy Election Day! Primary elections don’t usually draw a crowd to the polls, but between a high-profile gubernatorial race and a boisterous contest to succeed John Conyers Jr., I wouldn’t be shocked if you were reading this email while waiting in line to vote.

If so, thank you for honoring the high office of citizen. If not, this extremely useful wiki will give you the who, what, and where that you’ll need in order to cast a ballot.

Before you do that, you might take a look at my story from Friday, which looked at the education issues — school closures, school funding, and early childhood, to name a few — that will be shaped by the next governor. See where the candidates stand, or take a look at our interviews and let them speak for themselves.

Michigan’s next governor will have a profound impact on Detroit schools.

On the local front, don’t forget to keep an eye on board member LaMar Lemmons’ bid for state Senate. Lemmons is a fierce debater and a prominent critic of foundations, non-Detroit contractors, state regulators, and anyone else he views as an outside influence in Detroit. His absence will be felt on the board.

Happy voting,

— Koby Levin, Detroit reporter

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article said LaMar Lemmons was running for Detroit school board in November. In fact, he has dropped out of that race. He is still on the Aug. 7 ballot for State Senate. If he loses that race, Lemmons told Chalkbeat he will work “to increase African-American involvement and greater participation in school and government contracting.”

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KEY RACE From infrastructure to school closure, Michigan’s next governor will have many chances to make an impact on Detroit schools. We have a primer on the issues and the candidates’ positions. Chalkbeat

AFTERMATH Researchers looking back at a newspaper’s controversial decision to publish teacher ratings found that while the move may have boosted teacher performance, it had some unintended negative consequences Chalkbeat

MATH CORPS A highly regarded math camp for Detroit students will pilot its program in five middle schools in the city’s main district. The organization is expanding into other states and possibly two countries in Africa. Crain’s

HIRING FAIR Roughly 100 would-be teachers attended a hiring fair for Detroit’s main district last week. The district is searching high and low for certified teachers to fill hundreds of vacancies before the first day of school. Detroit News

CURRICULUM Classrooms in Detroit’s main district will get more hands on learning materials as part of a curriculum overhaul that is focused on giving students new ways to understand abstract concepts. Freep

GREEN THUMB Detroit high schoolers are doing yard work for seniors and learning financial skills through a corporate-funded summer program. Fox 2

BIG DREAMS Cass Tech’s 2018 valedictorian got into a selective university, but he didn’t have the money to attend. After winning a scholarship, he started a foundation to help other students facing the same dilemma. Fox 2

STAR POWER The star of a network TV show is starting a mentoring program for incoming ninth-graders in Detroit. The idea is to connect them with jobs and get them thinking about applying to college. Crain’s

ART SUPPLIES A music festival will raise money to help restore arts programming in Detroit’s main district. Chronicle