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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…
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
April 13, 2018
Week in review: Getting over that ‘F’ on the Nation’s Report Card
The reports early this week about Detroit’s last-place ranking among big city school districts on a national exam is…
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 6, 2018
Week in review: When state education dollars fund horseback riding and Minecraft
In a state where vouchers are illegal because the Constitution bans the use of public dollars for private schools, Michigan lawmakers have…
April 2, 2018
It’s official: Detroit’s enrollment grew for the first time in over a decade, even after adding the state-run district
What Detroit district leaders have been saying for months is true: After many years of losing students, enrollment in the Detroit district grew this year…
March 30, 2018
Week in review: Can separate schools better serve students with dyslexia and other special needs
Since arriving in Detroit last year, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has spoken often of the schools he wants to create for children with special…
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
March 27, 2018
Five possible changes coming to the Detroit district Montessori program
The main Detroit school district has reassured anxious parents who were worried about the future of the district’s Montessori program that the program…
March 26, 2018
New textbooks and new hope: Detroit teachers endorse new learning materials for classrooms
A committee of 113 educators, including 88 teachers, spent weeks reviewing different textbooks and online modules and voted on their favorites.
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.
March 23, 2018
Week in review: Life without gym class
One of our stories this week looked at something that has been missing in Detroit schools for years: gym class.
March 22, 2018
How can Michigan schools stop skinned knees and conflict? Use playtime to teach students kindness
Kindergartners play four square, jump rope and line up in two rows with outstretched arms to bump a ball during recess. What’s unusual…
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