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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…
June 28, 2018
New education budget threatens dozens of low-performing Detroit schools with closure — again
Dozens of struggling Detroit schools could face closure once again after Gov. Rick Snyder signed an education budget on Thursday that seeks to stiffen consequences for low-scoring schools.
Cap and gown
February 21, 2018
Graduation rates in Michigan – and Detroit’s main district — are up, but are most students ready for college?
Slightly more than 80 percent of the state’s high school students graduated last year but graduation rate is not necessarily a great measure of school success.
February 16, 2018
Week in Review: Chilling news
It was a busy week on the education beat with news emerging from a schedule packed with education town halls, state and city…
February 8, 2018
Lawmaker proposes giving every school in the state A-F grades to stop ‘masking poor performance’
All Michigan schools would receive an annual report card with letter grades in six different categories under new legislation that got a hearing…
January 12, 2018
Detroit week in review: the face off, the fall out and the rest of the week’s school news
The fate of a vacant former school building on Detroit’s east side could be decided as soon as today when the charter school…
On the dashboard
January 9, 2018
Michigan unveils ‘data dashboard’ to help parents quickly compare local schools
The new “data dashboard” allows parents to a see a host of information about individual schools on a single computer screen.
A race against time
December 7, 2017
Can this Detroit principal help her students learn quickly enough to save her school?
What's happening here offers a window into what schools like this are up against — and the tools they're using to try to gain some ground.
October 30, 2017
Dozens more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership list for low test scores — but forced closure is not a threat for now
That brings to 50 the number of Detroit schools in the partnership program, which requires schools to meet certain improvement targets or else face additional consequences.
Week In Review
October 6, 2017
Week In Review: Count Day pizza, ‘Burger King’ money, and a teachers union spy
The slushies, ice cream, and raffle prizes that schools across the state used this week to lure students to school on Count Day…
Count Day in Michigan
October 4, 2017
The pizza and prizes Michigan schools use to lure students on Count Day are ‘unfortunate.’ But is there a better way?
Schools across the state brought out donuts, dinosaurs, smoothies and all manor of special events on Wednesday to lure as many students to school as…
Week In Review
September 15, 2017
Week in review: A ‘poor choice of words’ from the state schools boss, Grosse Pointe considers lightening up
The state superintendent was under fire this week after telling a TV interviewer that school choice had taken the state “backwards.”
Week In Review
April 21, 2017
Week in review: A new Detroit schools boss — and (another) panic over closing threats
The episode illustrated just how on edge Detroit is when it comes to its schools — hardly an easy landscape for Vitti to enter.
Week In Review
March 10, 2017
Week in Review: A reprieve — but difficult conversations — for struggling schools
Supporters of 38 struggling schools are breathing a little easier this week now that threatened state school closures are likely on hold until next year…
March 3, 2017
Michigan school closures are off for now — as long as districts agree to partner with the state to improve
The 38 Michigan schools that were threatened with closure in January could now have a way to stay open.
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