Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A new year, a new governor — and lots of news to catch up on

Good morning! Happy New Year! And welcome to the first Rise & Shine of 2019!

Like a lot of you, we here at Chalkbeat have been on vacation for the last week or so, spending time with family, eating way too much and, in my case, trying to keep the kids from assaulting one another. The down time even gave me a chance to do something I rarely get the chance to do: Tune out the news. But now, it’s a new year, we have a new governor, and it’s time to catch up.

Scroll on for some of the headlines you might have missed during your holiday festivities, including details about a controversial school grading law and a budget shift that Gov. Rick Snyder approved before leaving office. The new year is also a great time to look back, so check out our round up of our most read stories from 2018.

And, please, have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor on January 1, 2019.

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SO LAST YEAR Our best-read stories of 2018 included stories about curriculum changes, a charter school that closed suddenly, students frequently changing schools, and a new school in Detroit that aims to change the way teachers are trained. Chalkbeat

A-F The slew of bills Snyder signed in his last days as governor include one requiring state education officials to rate every school in the state using an A-F grading system. Associated Press The Detroit News Detroit Free Press Chalkbeat

REFORM The law requiring A-F grades also eliminates a requirement that the state education department hire a school reform officer to oversee the state’s lowest-performing schools. One newspaper editorial board says this change is an opportunity for Michigan to rethink its approach to school improvement. The Detroit News

SCHOOL AID Michigan educators were fuming after GOP lawmakers took money meant to help schools and redirected it to roads and other priorities. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press

SUBS Snyder also signed a bill allowing people with career experience to substitute teach without a teaching certificate. Michigan Advance

WHITMER Schools were among issues Gretchen Whitmer vowed to address as she was sworn in yesterday as Michigan’s 49th governor. She stayed away from policy specifics but said Michigan will “show the rest of the country how to solve America’s literacy crisis.” Detroit Free Press Associated Press Crain’s

TEACH One of Lansing’s new leaders is a former teacher. The Detroit News

SUPPORT Local educators offer suggestions for how Detroit can better support its teachers. Model D

CURRICULUM The main Detroit district is planning to roll out a new high school curriculum next year and is inviting teachers and students to participate in the selection process at “community engagement’ sessions this month. Detroit Public Schools Community District

INNOVATIVE A Detroit teacher known for his award-winning horticulture program is among a group of innovative educators identified by the state education department. Detroit News

POSITIVE Educators in thirteen counties are being trained to implement a student behavior strategy called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Michigan Department of Education