Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: A school attempting to unravel inequities in education

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. I hope many of you were able to participate in one of the many events held across the city yesterday to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educators were featured at some of those events, and we have some highlights below.

Also this morning we have a couple of items from our colleagues across the country including this story from our national team about a “personalized learning” platform backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy. The platform touts its “research-based” connection to Harvard University despite rejecting the university’s efforts to study the program.

Our colleagues in Colorado, meanwhile, have been on strike watch this weekend. The Denver teachers union is due to hold another vote tonight that could lead to the first strike in Colorado’s largest school district in 25 years — a job action that would affect 71,000 students and 5,300 teachers. If that happens, Denver would be the second big city teachers union to walk out this month, following Los Angeles teachers who hit the picket line last week.

Scroll down for more on these stories and the rest of this morning’s education news. And thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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KING Local educators led some of the discussions at Martin Luther King day events yesterday. Among them was a Detroit charter school founder who said her school is attempting unravel the inequities built into Michigan’s public education system. MLive The Michigan Daily The Detroit News WDIV Southgate News Herald

SUMMIT The personalized learning platform called Summit Learning claims its “research-backed approach leads to better student outcomes” but, in fact, there is no academic research on whether the program is effective. Chalkbeat

DENVER The strike vote in Colorado’s largest school district comes after months of bargaining that left the district and its teachers with significant philosophical disagreements about how teachers should earn raises. Chalkbeat

CAREER A local publication takes a look inside one of three vocational education centers in Detroit that are training students for careers. Model D

CALL TO ACTION A local news executive calls on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state leaders to focus on improving education in Detroit. Crain’s Deadline Detroit

CHOICE Supporters of educational options like charter schools plan to bring their message to Lansing this week as part of National School Choice Week. The Detroit News

DRIVE Students at 62 Michigan high schools are participating in a program that’s designed to make teenagers safer drivers. Associated Press