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Lost and found
October 2, 2018
At a Detroit school, two women become detectives when students stop showing up
One or two students leave Bethune Elementary-Middle School every week, but only a handful notify the school of their plans to leave. The rest have to be found.
October 2, 2018
5 ways to stop students from changing schools — or at least reduce the impact
Solving the damaging problem of Detroit students moving frequently between schools would require sweeping policy changes to both stabilize housing and improve the quality of public education. But schools and policymakers could also take simpler, smaller steps to help ease a crisis created when more than 1 in 3 elementary school students change schools every year.
September 21, 2018
Rise & Shine: Michigan to DeVos: Please give refugee students a break
Good morning! Refugee children who’ve fled wars in the Middle East in recent years must deal with the after effects…
September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
Scores of scores
April 4, 2018
The new state school scoring index is here. See how Detroit schools stacked up.
A new 0-100 state scoring system appears to be a fairer measure of how schools are doing, but…
March 30, 2018
Three more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership agreement list
Twenty-one struggling schools have been added to the state’s “partnership” program, including three charter schools in Detroit. The program identifies…
March 26, 2018
Does your child’s school have a gym teacher? Hundreds of Michigan schools do not. Here’s the list.
Across the state about 500 schools — roughly 1 in 5 — do not have certified gym teachers.
call for more
March 20, 2018
Almost half of Detroit district schools don’t have a gym teacher. Next year, that may change.
Since 10-year-old Hezekiah Haynesworth moved to his new school in the Detroit district, he’s always up out of his seat, talking to classmates and getting…
Set up to fail
March 8, 2018
The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.
Experts say that Detroit is among hundreds — possibly thousands — of districts across the country that are using textbooks and educational materials that are not aligned to state standards.
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.
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.
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
Week In Review
September 1, 2017
Week in review: What last year’s test scores tell us as a new school year begins
It’s hard to feel hopeful when fewer than half of third-graders are proficient in English but a new school year means a fresh start.
April 28, 2017
To protect 24 schools from closure, the Detroit school board made a deal with the state. This is what it says, and doesn’t say
Exactly what changes are in store for affected schools is not yet clear.
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.
Up and down
March 13, 2017
How changes to Michigan’s school ranking system hurt Cass Tech — and helped the DeVos family charter school
Testing experts say the dramatic swings say more about a rating system that’s been in turmoil in recent years than it does about individual schools.
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.
January 20, 2017
These 38 Michigan schools could be shut down for poor performance in June
After years of rock-bottom test scores and disappointing results, the schools were informed that they’re in serious danger of having to shut their doors forever in June.
December 15, 2016
After state delays timeline, anxious Michigan schools must wait until next year to learn their fate
The delay keeps the schools in the dark longer about whether they could face sanctions, including closure.
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