Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A local funder steps up to support school improvement in Detroit

Good morning and happy Friday!

One of the first stories I wrote for Chalkbeat back when the Detroit bureau was just a pilot in 2016 was about national educational philanthropies shunning Detroit schools. In short, the schools here needed the most help, but our education landscape was so messy and political that even the people with the deepest pockets didn’t think their money would help.

That’s why it’s so encouraging now to see local funders step up with new ways of supporting school improvement in Detroit. Koby’s story yesterday highlights the ambitious plans of the Detroit Children’s Fund as it looks to spend upwards of $85 million in coming years on school improvement. 

Check out that story below, along with the rest of the day’s headlines. And have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, bureau chief


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BIG SPENDER The Detroit Children’s Fund plans to spend between $85 million and $100 million by 2025 on programs to train educators, open new schools and help successful schools expand. Chalkbeat

UPHEAVAL Students at the charter school that just announced plans to close its doors next week were invited to two transitional meetings this week to learn about their other school options. Detroit Free Press

WATER A group of local businesses and institutions are partnering to send 200,000 bottles of water to Detroit schools after tests in some schools showed elevated levels of lead or copper in the drinking water. WXYZ The Detroit News

VOTE A former state school board member sizes up the education platforms of the two major-party candidates for governor. Bridge

COLLEGE The interim state schools superintendent writes of the importance of encouraging children to plan on going to college when they graduate from high school. Bridge

FOUL As a high school basketball coach tries to block his firing in court, he says as many as eight players are considering transferring if he doesn’t get his job back. Detroit Free Press The Detroit News