Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Fewer charter schools are opening in Detroit

Good morning! In the far-away, much warmer future, when students return to school after summer break, there could be three brand new schools in Detroit. And while that fact on its own doesn't come as a surprise, this year there's a twist.

Two of the schools could belong to the city’s main district, and only one will be a charter school. That's a reversal from the start of the decade, when charter schools were opening at a rate of nearly 10 per year and there wasn't much talk about opening new district schools. It continues a citywide trend toward fewer new charter schools.

What changed? When I asked the people who authorize new schools, some told me they’re putting more focus on the schools they already have. Demand for new schools may also simply be dropping. Either way, fewer new schools could mean existing schools face less competition for students and funding. 

The full story is here, and the weekend’s education headlines are below. Thank you for reading.

— Koby Levin, reporter

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FEWER CHARTERS The number of new charter schools in Detroit has slowed down in recent years. Why? The answer depends on who you ask. Chalkbeat

MORE SNOW DAYS? Winter last week closed schools across Michigan for days at a time, pushing many districts beyond their annual limit. Many districts are asking the state to give them three more days, but winter is far from over. Chalkbeat MLive Fox 17 The Herald Palladium

STEM GRANTS Michigan is giving schools across the state more than $3 million to add programming in science and math. One Detroit charter won $35,500 to teach students computer science. Michigan Department of Education

BUS ATTACK Two men boarded a school bus bound for a field trip in Detroit and attacked the driver, who had apparently sideswiped their car. One man has been charged with assault. The driver received a $22,000 check from supporters after the incident circulated on a crowdfunding website. MLive The Detroit News