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Rise & Shine: Changes for Detroit schools after a student sexual assault was mishandled

Good morning!

It’s certainly no secret that a lot of important priorities slipped through the cracks during the years when Detroit schools were run by state-appointed emergency managers, but a document published this week sheds light on one of the more alarming consequences: The district in 2015 failed to investigate a disturbing report about a young boy who was sexually assaulted on a school bus. Federal investigators then found that the district lacked a legally required system to properly handle such complaints.

The district is now making changes. Koby spoke with the district about those changes after a national education report highlighted the Detroit school bus incident and looked at how the Trump administration is handling similar complaints involving districts across the country.

Scroll on for more on that story and the rest of this morning’s headlines. And thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, bureau chief


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INVESTIGATION The U.S. Department of Education found 45 instances of criminal sexual conduct involving students in the Detroit school district between 2013 and 2016. The district did not not have a required investigation procedure but has since signed an agreement detailing the changes it will make to comply with the law. Chalkbeat The74

BUDGET The Michigan Senate has proposed a K-12 budget plan that would increase funding to schools but would reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call to send schools extra money for students with higher needs. Associated Press

COLLEGE Whitmer’s push to make community college free is enjoying some bipartisan support as well as the backing of business leaders. Bridge WBCK

CHARTERS An education researcher who has studied the unionization of charter schools makes the case for why charter schools and their teachers should “forge a new model” in collective bargaining that breaks from the history of public school unions. Detroit News

SUPERINTENDENT A Michigan school district is lamenting the possible loss of its superintendent who is a finalist for the state’s top education job. Another finalist is shaking up the race for Boston’s top education job since she has been named a finalist in both Michigan and Boston. MLive The Boston Globe

OPINION Instead of a new superintendent, a columnist argues that the state needs a “new educational paradigm” that focuses more on skills like creativity and critical thinking. Detroit Free Press

ART Detroit student artists will display their work during an annual art exhibition. Metro Times