Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: As one teacher strike ends, another begin

Good morning!

If you’re a teacher or a parent in Detroit (and in many Michigan communities), chances are you’re on mid-winter break. If you’ve been following education news in the U.S., you know that the last few days have brought big news on the teacher uprising front as one strike ends and another begins.

In Chicago, a two-week-old strike at four charter schools came to an end on Monday as the teachers union won concessions on pay raises for teachers and paraprofessionals.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, unions called for a statewide teachers strike to protest an education bill that would allow for the first charter schools to open in that state. Union officials say they had no input on the legislation, and believe it’s retaliation for a nine-day teacher walkout that took place a year ago.

For a look at the aftermath of a teacher strike, check out this story from our Chalkbeat Colorado bureau that looks at how a Denver school network is trying to mend a rift created by the strike that ended last week.

Be sure to scroll down for the rest of the morning’s education news.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

PHOTO: Yana Kunichoff / Chalkbeat
Picket signs used by protesting strikers from the Chicago International Charter Schools, who were targeting charter network CEO Elizabeth Shaw on Feb. 11, 2019.

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STRIKE OVER Teachers at four Chicago charter schools win pay concessions as strike ends. Chalkbeat

STRIKE AFTERMATH How do you mend a rift created by the strike last week in Denver? This school is trying. Chalkbeat

DETROIT HISTORY A new history curriculum focused on Detroit is launched in the city’s school district. Fox 2 DPSCD

LET’S READ In a new podcast, the superintendent of the Detroit school district talks about an effort to enlist volunteers to help improve literacy of young students. DPSCD

ASBESTOS CONCERNS A Michigan elementary school was closed for two days over asbestos concerns. WOOD-TV Legal Scoops

FITNESS CENTERS Three Michigan schools have a shot at winning a $100,000 fitness center. News Herald 9and10 News

FIRED A Michigan school superintendent loses his job because of low student achievement in his district. MLive

SNOW DAY PAY Some Michigan school districts are trying to find ways to fill in the gaps for hourly workers who lost pay during snow days. The Morning Sun

AFRICAN-CENTERED The decline in the number of African-centered schools in Detroit hurts students. Michigan Radio

MENTAL HEALTH Researchers say 40,000 Michigan children aren’t getting the mental health treatment they need. Michigan Radio

BLACK HISTORY MONTH A local television station posts a Black History Month video interview with the principal of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School. Local 4

PROGRAMS NEEDED A Detroit nonprofit is requesting proposals for summer programs that will help improve reading proficiency for Detroit children. Skillman Foundation