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Rise & Shine: Banking on homegrown charter schools

Good morning!

Over the years, I’ve seen philanthropic efforts launched that were aimed at increasing the number of quality schools in Detroit. Some of those efforts have fizzled out.

Koby has a story about a new, sort of grow-our-own program that the Detroit Children’s Fund — a major funder of education in Detroit — hopes will build a model for improving charter schools in the city.

Four charters will receive $3.5 million over two years that can go toward things like instructional coaches and new technology.

It’s part of the Children’s Fund overall plans to invest more than $85 million in traditional and charter schools by 2025.

In other education news, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week signed legislation that delays — for one year — a law that would require districts to base 40 percent of teacher and administrator evaluations on student test scores. For now at least, that figure will remain at 25 percent. Read Koby’s story about that here.

Scroll down for more headlines. And have a happy Thursday.

Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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IMPROVING DETROIT CHARTERS The national charter school networks have overlooked Detroit, so a philanthropic organization is investing in homegrown schools. Chalkbeat

TEACHER EVALS Teachers and school administrators get a one-year reprieve before a law kicks in requiring more of their evaluations be based on student test scores. Chalkbeat MLive

MONTESSORI EDUCATION The author of a new book about Montessori education — a type of education that the Detroit school district is looking to expand — cautions that it can both contribute to and ameliorate school segregation. Chalkbeat

REDUCING SUSPENSIONS Changing its approach to school discipline has helped reduce the number of suspensions at this Colorado school. Chalkbeat

CONTROVERSIAL CALENDAR The Detroit school district answers questions about the controversial 2019-20 school year calendar that teachers have vowed to fight. And a local newspaper editorial urges teachers to “do what’s best for kids.” DPSCD Detroit News

MICHIGAN’S TOP HIGH SCHOOLS The U.S. News released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation, and four Michigan schools ranked in the top 100. Detroit News Alpena News WZZM WXYZ WILX

SNOW DAY FORGIVENESS Legislation to forgive some snow days for Michigan school districts this year hit a snag. Detroit Free Press Detroit News Fox47 WILX Michigan Radio

DON’T IGNORE THESE STUDENTS A guest commentator argues that Michigan schools must stop ignoring gifted and talented education. Bridge Magazine

THE PROMISE MILESTONE The Kalamazoo Promise has reached a milestone, but it faces a challenge. Michigan Radio

FORGIVING DEBT Three local colleges and universities have a plan to forgive some debt in order to lure back former students who never finished a degree. Bridge Magazine Detroit Free Press

MICHIGAN ROBOTS RULE Once again, Michigan schools dominated at the world robotics championships. Detroit Free Press

LIBERAL BIAS? Two conservatives whose involvement in the drafting of social studies standards in Michigan sparked controversy last year and led to a new draft now say — in separate opinion pieces — that the latest revisions are biased. Bridge Magazine Detroit News

NOT FAIR If your last name begins with a “W,” you’ll probably understand the grievances this Michigan high school student aired in an essay that got a national audience. MLive

EDUCATOR JOB FAIR Looking for a teaching job? Check out this annual job fair put on by a Detroit university. Wayne State

COLLECTING DATA These Michigan school districts are part of a data collection project. District Administration

ALGEBRA 2 DEBATE Should Michigan students be required to take Algebra 2? Legislator says no; research says otherwise. Bridge Magazine