Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Good news about preschool (for some kids)

Good morning and welcome to Friday!

We have some good news this week about the state of preschool in Michigan — at least when it comes to four year-olds. A new national ranking of state preschool policies gave Michigan high marks for its free high-quality preschool for four year-olds. Three year-olds, however, aren’t faring as well. The report found Michigan is behind other states in offering programs for younger children.

Koby has that story as well as an interview with Mayor Mike Duggan’s new Director of Children and Youth. Scroll down for more on what she might do in this new role — and the rest of this morning’s headlines. Thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief

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PRESCHOOL Advocates who would like to see Michigan offer free preschool to three year-olds point to research that connects earlier preschool with later academic gains. Chalkbeat

MAYOR Duggan created a new position focused on children and schools as he works to push universal pre-K for all four year-olds in the city. Chalkbeat

SHARED TIME Though former Gov. Rick Snyder tried to rein in a controversial program that puts state-funded teachers in private schools, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has focused on other priorities. Detroit Free Press

AUDIT An audit raised questions about accounting practices in Detroit’s main district. CapCon

SCHOOL SUPPLIES Proposed state legislation would provide a tax credit to educators who pay out-of-pocket for classroom supplies. Michigan schools, meanwhile, are now included on a website that helps teachers afford supplies. WLNS WXYZ

SNOW DAYS A newspaper columnist says the recent battle in the Legislature over whether the state should forgive some snow days is “Exhibit A” for why Michigan schools are struggling. The Detroit News

ACCOLADES A suburban English teacher is Michigan’s Teacher of the Year. WXYZ Patch

ADVISORY Fifteen Michigan educators were named to Whitmer’s new Educator Advisory Council. State of Michigan