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3 days ago
Crumbling Detroit school buildings will cost $500 million to repair. It’s money the district doesn’t have
The review found that nearly a third of school buildings are in an “unsatisfactory” or “poor” condition.
June 21, 2018
‘The pressure is on everyone’ as Detroit’s main district advertises to attract more students
Detroit’s main school district has a new look. Officials announced a new brand for the Detroit Public Schools Community District…
June 20, 2018
A parent hotline is among fixes promised for special education in Detroit schools
It is a stunning number: roughly one-sixth of students in Detroit’s main school district have learning disabilities or…
June 20, 2018
They saw life inside Detroit classrooms — and now some of them want to teach
City Year Americorp members finished the school year with lessons that inspired them to become teachers and counselors
June 19, 2018
Michigan’s third-grade reading law could penalize bilingual programs
The grocery store down the street from Academy of Americas blasts Mexican pop music over the radio. A few blocks away, a taco…
June 18, 2018
‘We all became family.’ Students say goodbye to Detroit school after promising three-year run
The three year-old Mumford Academy will close this week, and merge next fall with the larger Mumford High School.
June 14, 2018
Recruiting when your team is full of ‘detractors’: As the Detroit district searches for talent, most of its employees aren’t on board
Michigan’s largest school district has its share of critics, from lawmakers pushing for school closures to families who…
Looking to Michigan
June 14, 2018
Detroit teachers unions won’t be hurt by the Janus decision. They already survived.
Faced with a looming Supreme Court decision that could adversely affect unions, some labor leaders from across the country are looking to Michigan…
June 13, 2018
As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28,000 Detroit children go without care
The financial demands of providing early education in Michigan have contributed to Detroit’s status as a child care desert.
June 12, 2018
Are Detroit schools making progress towards state benchmarks? Either way, the stakes are rising
Test results released on Tuesday suggest that 14 Detroit schools are not on track to meet student achievement targets set last year to…
June 12, 2018
Leadership, funding and security dominate discussion in first meeting on school bus loop plan
The mayoral-appointed education commission board held its first meeting Tuesday.
June 11, 2018
After a heated battle, the Detroit Prep charter school now owns its ‘forever home’
The Detroit Prep charter school has been trying to buy the former Joyce Elementary School in the city’s Pingree Park neighborhood since last summer but the sale was held up for months by a restriction in the property’s title.
Seats at the table
June 11, 2018
Meet the 11 people charged with helping Detroit’s district and charter schools work together, starting with a new bus loop
A mayoral commission designed to bring competitive district and charter schools together began to take shape on Monday. Speaking before television…
June 8, 2018
In contentious interview, Betsy DeVos’ husband Dick DeVos says ‘everybody wins’ with charter schools
The documentary features a somewhat combative interview with DeVos’ husband, Dick DeVos, on the effects that charter schools have had on education in Michigan.
June 7, 2018
‘Winging it.’ This principal just lost his job at a struggling Detroit charter school. Here’s what he saw on the inside.
Frank Donner was sold from the moment he heard the pitch in 2013. Lighthouse Academies promised that their new school in…
June 6, 2018
Detroit district tests drinking water after lead or copper discovered in 6 schools
Water will be tested for lead and other toxins in 106 Detroit district schoools
June 5, 2018
Founded with great promise, this charter school is now looking for its fifth principal in five years
Parents are running out of fingers to count the principals at Southwest Detroit Community School. Four different principals have left since…
June 4, 2018
Determined to fill schools, Detroit district turns to a celebrity endorsement from Big Sean
Rapper Big Sean has agreed to take part in a campaign to boost enrollment in the main Detroit school district, school officials said…
May 31, 2018
‘Sweatbox’ conditions close aging Detroit schools a third day as board member seeks help
Poor building conditions consistently hamper educating and providing safe environments for district's students, board member Sonya Mays said
May 31, 2018
Detroit schools chief Nikolai Vitti says ‘racist’ policies led to crisis in Detroit schools
The leader of Michigan’s largest school district says racism is a key reason why Detroit schools are in crisis.
May 30, 2018
Detroit schools chief sees come-from-behind victories in district’s future
Detroit's main district can win, but it will take some time, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told an audience at the Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday
one year later
May 30, 2018
A year after superintendent’s arrival, a skeptical Detroit teacher has become a believer — almost
A year ago, it was hard for teacher Rynell Sturkey to believe that life in her overcrowded, understaffed, poorly equipped classroom would ever improve. This past school year, however, Sturkey has been pleasantly surprised by improvements.
The mayor's role
May 24, 2018
Duggan’s schools commission has already brought charter and district leaders to the table. Here’s what else it can do (and what it can’t)
For the first time in years, Detroit’s mayor will have a small hand in shaping education in the city. A new…
May 23, 2018
One Detroit principal keeps his job as others get the ax. Next year’s challenge? Test scores.
Educators and staff from a Detroit middle school took the microphone on Tuesday evening to save their principal’s job. Addressing the school board,…
choice and competition
May 22, 2018
It’s not just Detroit. Across Michigan, ‘active and aggressive’ competition imperils schools
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding hearings to determine if the state's students with special needs and minority students have faced discrimination.
May 21, 2018
Detroit board members decide not to renew charter, leaving 3 schools and 700 students in limbo
Three Detroit charter schools face renewed uncertainty after two school board panels voiced opposition to renewing their contracts. Murphy, Trix, and…
May 21, 2018
A partnership to make bus stops for students at district and charter schools in Detroit appears to be back on track
A city plan to boost collaboration between district and charter schools cleared a speed bump on Monday, as a district committee narrowly approved…
One year in
May 17, 2018
A year after Nikolai Vitti arrived in Detroit, a look back at his application shows what’s changed
A year after Nikolai Vitti arrived in Detroit, we return to his application — his blueprint for the district — to mark the things that have happened, the plans that have been made, and the work still left to do.
Is Lemmons leaving?
May 16, 2018
Detroit school board member Lemmons weighs leaving, slams colleagues he says listen to special interests
Name recognition could help Detroit school board member LaMar Lemmons in his run for Senate. If not, he'll run for board re-election
making their case
May 15, 2018
As pink slips go out to Detroit principals and school leaders, some are pleading their case to the school board
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti issued “non-renewal notices,” to four school principals and 12 central office administrators.
May 14, 2018
As a school board decision looms, some Detroit charters are jumping ship. Others have their fingers crossed.
Three Detroit schools aren’t waiting around for the outcome of a debate over the future of charter schools overseen by the main Detroit…
May 10, 2018
As Detroit’s schools chief celebrates new salaries, veteran teachers may want to give the district a second look
Detroit school officials took to the podium on Thursday to trumpet new pay guidelines they hope will help fill 190 teacher vacancies.
Casting their lines
May 9, 2018
‘Come help these babies.’ Inside the Detroit district’s long-shot effort to end a crippling teacher shortage
Detroit's main district is looking for teachers who are ready, willing and able to teach.
May 7, 2018
Detroit parents can take classes in clipping coupons and writing resumes. Will they sign up?
All classes are free and open to parents, caregivers and community members but the Parent Academy program seems to be off to a slow start. A Chalkbeat reporter stopped by three classes last week, selected at random, and found no students attending any of them.
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
May 2, 2018
‘It opened everything up.’ How school home visits are changing relationships in Detroit
Home visits by teachers and principals are popular across the country. But in Detroit, the stakes are higher.
Proceeding with caution
April 30, 2018
A controversial joint bus route for Detroit district and charter schools hits a speed bump
A city effort to create a shared bus route that would transport children to both district and charter schools in Detroit is getting some extra scrutiny from the Detroit school board — even asbut the cost could be coming down for participating schools.
Getting from good to great
April 26, 2018
Many Detroit educators have never worked in a high-performing school. This program imports coaches who have
The program brings advisors into Detroit schools to provide intensive coaching to principals, assistant principals, deans and other top administrators. The coaches work with school leaders together as a team to collectively create improvement plans, then work to implement them.
April 25, 2018
Eight things to know about Detroit’s big math and reading curriculum shift
Here’s what we know about the new materials and what we’ll be watching for in the months ahead.
April 24, 2018
Detroit district adding grades K-2 to summer school to help youngest students boost reading scores
For the first time in years, the Detroit district summer school program will start in kindergarten. District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti recommended…
April 24, 2018
As a global robotics competition descends on Detroit, few local students are included — for now
“Robotics coming to DPSCD high schools in the fall,” Vitti wrote in a tweet Monday afternoon. “New programming. Stay tuned!”
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
more money fewer problems
April 20, 2018
Detroit teachers will finally get paid for their years of experience if agreement holds up with district
Good news for Detroit district teachers stuck at a low pay level: The finance committee of the school board Friday recommended an agreement…
April 19, 2018
Despite top scores in quality standards, Michigan’s early education programs neglect English language learners
Michigan’s 4-year-olds receive some of the highest quality education and care available in the country — that is, if your child can speak…
What's in a name?
April 18, 2018
Detroit has schools named for a slaveholder, a convicted former politician, and a Trump cabinet member. Here’s how that might change.
Despite the passion fueling the debate over renaming schools like the Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, members of the Detroit…
April 17, 2018
The Detroit district’s first homework policy is in the works. See how much homework it recommends your child do every night.
Detroit students who are drowning in homework — or unable to complete it because of challenges at home — could soon find relief in a…
a temporary home
April 12, 2018
These students lost their school to a mold problem. Here’s how they’re doing in their new temporary digs
Five school buses line up outside the closed Palmer Park Preparatory Academy on Thursday morning. Hundreds of elementary students, in a flurry of…
a new standard
April 11, 2018
Facing dead-last national test scores, Detroit district approves new teaching materials
The Detroit school board Tuesday adopted a new, $7.1 million curriculum that Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says is a key part of his plan…
April 10, 2018
Detroit schools ranked worst on national exam — again. But is there hope that things can improve?
Not only did students in the city’s main district rank dead last — for the fifth time — among major cities in every subject, but their scores dropped even lower than the rock-bottom numbers Detroit fourth-graders posted the last time they took the exam in 2015.
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
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