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A big (volunteer) job
February 26, 2019
Two charter authorizers want to strengthen school boards in Detroit by training their own members
Charter school boards are run by volunteers — any Michigan resident 18 or older may apply — who spend their spare time making critical decisions…
cut in half
August 23, 2018
700 students face a tough change as this Detroit charter network rushes to rebuild
A Detroit charter school network is sharply downsizing after losing its contract with the city’s main district, a long-anticipated development that still seemed to take…
February 12, 2018
More charter schools in Detroit? State’s largest authorizer considers contracts for three schools
After several years in which only a handful of new charter schools opened in the city of Detroit, three new charter schools are…
Detroit week in review
October 27, 2017
Week in review: The future coming into focus for Detroit’s schools
Enrollment in the Detroit district is up, but charter leaders call for more collaboration between their institutions and the city district
October 26, 2017
District vs. charter schools in Detroit: Who’s offering arts? Busing? Special ed? Here’s some answers.
School leaders to produced that makes it easier to compare arts, music, bus transportation and special education in district and charter schools.
State of the Schools
October 25, 2017
TONIGHT: Watch Detroit’s first State of the Schools address here
The leader of the city’s main district will come together on stage with the charter school authorizers who oversee a majority of the privately run public schools in the city.
Ending the churn
October 19, 2017
A splintered system and lack of teachers have created instability for Detroit schools. Now, leaders are craving solutions.
Liberal school choice laws, a decentralized school system and a shrinking pool of available teachers have so destabilized the teacher labor force that many school leaders say they’re constantly looking for new educators to hire
State of the Schools
October 12, 2017
Detroit’s first State of the Schools address aims to ‘bring all the parties to the table’
The event will feature presentations from Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti as well as the leaders of two charter school authorizers.
July 26, 2017
Detroit charter school teachers get tough news: Their school was in debt so they won’t get paid
The school’s management company, Matchbook Learning, alerted teachers in an email Wednesday that the money would instead go to pay off the school’s debts.
July 13, 2017
The Detroit school district fought to keep 24 struggling schools open. At the same time, it was closing an east side charter school
The Ross-Hill Academy charter school quietly closed forever last month after serving Detroit children on the east side for 19 years.
Calming the chaos
July 6, 2017
A year after the tearful demise of a proposed Detroit school oversight commission, backers seek another way to bring order to Detroit schools
The hope is that they can set aside their differences to collectively address issues such as enrollment and transportation that can be challenging for families in a city without a centralized school system.
April 26, 2017
Three Detroit-area charter schools are set to close in June, but not all parents know
The schools set to close include Woodward Academy, Starr Detroit Academy, and the Academy of International Studies in Hamtramck.
To close or not to close?
October 24, 2016
As the threat of closure looms, this Detroit charter school says it’s worth a second look
On paper, the Michigan Technical Academy looks exactly like the kind of school state officials are planning to shut down.
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