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Michigan school policy
state of the state
February 12, 2019
Whitmer: Michigan needs ‘bold’ changes to fix schools — not just more money
Michigan’s new governor called for “bold” changes to the way schools are funded — though she’s not saying what those changes could be.
February 12, 2019
Report: Michigan’s teacher supply is dwindling and the state is doing little about it
Does Michigan have a teacher shortage? Maybe not statewide, but this report suggests a coming problem.
Fixing MI Schools
January 30, 2019
Meet the people who could help decide the fate of schools in Michigan this year
This year will be a pivotal one in the debate over how to improve Michigan schools, with new leadership at every angle at the state level.
detroit in depth
November 29, 2018
‘If we don’t learn from this one, shame on us’: Lessons from a Detroit charter school that was set up to fail
The closure of this charter school is a cautionary tale for Michigan, where Betsy DeVos has helped ensure that charter schools can open and close with little justification.
next up for schools
November 8, 2018
Michigan’s divided government could find common ground around disadvantaged students
With Republicans solidly in control of the Michigan legislature, governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s education agenda may depend on finding a sliver of common ground…
November 7, 2018
As the Michigan state school board shifts to Democratic control, meet the two new members
Democrats Judy Pritchett and Tiffany Tilley appeared to be leading the pack of 11 candidates who had been vying for two seats on the eight-member board.
October 19, 2018
A guide to the critical education race you’ve never heard of
Don’t miss Chalkbeat’s latest coverage of the race for Michigan school board, including candidate interviews and a look at donations made to their…
Race and policy
October 9, 2018
Michigan students of color more likely to struggle, less likely to have teachers who look like them
That lack of diversity among teachers is just one reason why the report finds that children of color are struggling in schools. Faced with challenges related to poverty, including health problems and unstable housing, they’re more likely to have chronic school absences. They’re more likely to change schools frequently, which can affect their ability to succeed. They’re more likely to drop out and to post low scores on state exams.
October 8, 2018
As governor, Bill Schuette would consider ‘all options’ for struggling schools, including closings
Schuette stopped short of saying that he would actively close schools down but he has supported school closings in the past.
August 29, 2018
Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking
Despite years of education reform, millions of dollars in targeted spending, scores on the M-STEP sank even lower this past school year in most grades and test subjects.
And then there were two
August 7, 2018
Michigan’s governor’s race will be Whitmer vs. Schuette. Here’s where they stand on education
The winner of the general election on November 6 will likely have an enormous impact on education across the state in coming years.
Where they stand
Updated July 27, 2018
Where candidates for governor in Michigan stand on major education issues
To see where major party candidates stand on crucial education issues, Chalkbeat joined with our partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative to ask candidates for their views on school funding, early childhood education, and paying for college.
in their own words
July 19, 2018
Watch candidates who want to be Michigan’s next governor explain how they would fix state schools
Chalkbeat and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative sat down this month with six of the major candidates for governor to discuss a range of issues facing the state.
May 8, 2018
Michigan school Superintendent Brian Whiston, who helped keep threatened schools open, dies at 56
Whiston, who led the state education department for three years, is best known as the architect of the partnership agreements that last year prevented the closure of 38 struggling Michigan schools.
State of struggle
April 10, 2018
On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class
Michigan schools have made little progress in recent years despite years of sounding alarms by state, business and education leaders.
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