It’s been a busy week on the education beat in Michigan. A Detroit charter school with ties to tennis star Andre Agassi is being evicted. The Detroit school district has a new approach to combating absenteeism. And a new report concludes that Michigan has little to show for years of efforts to improve schools.
We’ll start with Koby’s story about Southwest Detroit Community School, which is shutting down due to financial problems caused by a lease agreement with an investment fund headed by former tennis star Andre Agassi.
I remember the excitement that surrounded this school when it opened in 2013. But it’s been plagued by problems almost from the beginning. Its management company bailed. There have been five principals in five years. And the state identified it for improvement. Read Koby’s story for more details.
Last month, I attended a school board subcommittee meeting where Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti talked about a plan to purchase passenger vans to help get some kids to school.
Just a week before, Erin and I had published an inside look at district efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism amidst data that shows 70 percent of students were chronically absent during the last school year. Read my Wednesday story to find out more about this new effort.
Finally, on Tuesday I posted a story about a new report that says Michigan’s efforts to transform into a top-performing state academically has made little progress, and academic achievement is projected to get worse in some areas.
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Don’t forget to scroll down for more education news in Michigan and beyond. And enjoy your Thursday!
— Lori Higgins, senior reporter