Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A pay bump for Detroit teachers — and a chance to reflect on the school year

Good morning!

The temps are up, the sun is shining and summer vacation is tantalizingly close for Detroit students and teachers. But as we look ahead to the summer — and to the daunting challenges we face in the coming school year — we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year that was.

Please take a moment to tell us what you’ve learned this year, using this form. Your answers might be featured in a story next week.

As always, scroll down to read this morning’s headlines, including news of the pay raise likely coming to Detroit teachers. And, please spread the word: We are looking for teachers who are retiring this year after a long career in education who we can celebrate in an upcoming feature. If that's you, please fill out this form. We'd love to hear from (and learn from) you. If you know someone who should be included, please forward this newsletter.

Thanks — and thanks for reading. Have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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RISE UP The pay boost for teachers that was announced by the Detroit teachers union this week heralds the first time in nearly a decade that teachers at the top of the district’s salary scale will make more than they did before they were forced to take a 10 percent pay cut during the days of emergency management. Chalkbeat The Detroit News Detroit Free Press Fox2

LESSONS LEARNED Did you learn anything this school year that you want to share? Teachers, students, parents, community members: Please let us know. Chalkbeat

CHARTERS Critics of charter schools often say they take money away from traditional district schools. Is that true? Our national reporter looked at the research. Chalkbeat

MARYGROVE After 92 years, Marygrove College will be closing its doors. The “cradle to career” effort to create a preschool program and a K-12 school on the campus where the University of Michigan will train teachers is going forward. Supporters say the new public school, which will welcome its first class of 9th graders in the fall, offers a new opportunity for the storied campus. Crain’s Detroit Free Press The Detroit News WDIV The Detroit News

BENTON HARBOR A Friday deadline remains in place for school leaders in Benton Harbor to either agree to close their high school or face total dissolution of their district. The predominantly black community remains staunchly opposed to sending students to largely white schools outside their community. The local school board has proposed a third option that would tackle the district’s academic and financial problems without closing a school. And the whole matter is leading to some harsh political blowback for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Detroit News WDET ABC57 Michigan Radio Bridge

ALBION Both proponents and critics of a plan to close the high school in Benton Harbor cite the example of Albion, which shuttered its high school in 2013. Albion students who transferred to a nearby suburban district saw improved graduation rates, but faced other challenges. What remained of the Albion school district continued to struggle until it was completely dissolved. Bridge

SOCIAL STUDIES After years of controversy, the state board of education has approved new social studies standards. Bridge Associated Press Michigan Radio

WATER Stations that use filtration technology to remove lead, copper and other contaminants have been installed in 85 of the 105 school buildings in the main Detroit district. The remaining schools are expected to have stations installed by the end of June. The Detroit News

RIGHT TO READ The state’s top lawyer explains why she decided to support the plaintiffs in their right-to-read suit against the state. WDET

RANKING A national magazine reveals the 18 high schools it believes are the best in metro Detroit. All of the schools on the list are in largely affluent communities. WDIV

PRIVATE SCHOOLS An analysis by a conservative think tank takes issue with a recent news report about a decline in private school students, saying it leaves out part of the story. The Mackinac Center

CROWDFUNDING A foundation that raises money for the main Detroit school district is holding a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for sports, arts and after-school programs in the district. Fox2 The Detroit Public Schools Foundation

READING The founder of an organization that promotes literacy in Detroit writes that her organization is trying to raise $30 million to tutor Detroit high school students who aren’t reading at grade level. The Detroit News

DETROIT VS EVERYBODY A local clothing brand is inviting Detroit students to compete for a $2,500 prize by submitting designs for items that will be sold to the public. WDIV