Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: How the ‘deck might be stacked’ against African-American teachers

Good morning and welcome to Friday. 

We have a report this morning about a new study from Michigan State University that finds that teachers of color — especially African-American teachers — are more likely than their white peers to receive low ratings on annual performance evaluations. Other groups more likely to get poor marks include men and charter school teachers.

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— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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TEACHERS Michigan State University researchers found no racial or gender differences on a measure that looked at how well teachers helped their students advance on state math and English exams. Yet they did see racial differences in final ratings, suggesting the biases of administrators who conducted classroom observations could have influenced teacher evaluations. Chalkbeat

SALARIES A new report finds that starting teacher salaries in Michigan rank 32nd in the nation. WZZM

CHARTERS The president of the state board of education explains why the board voted against a $47 million federal grant for new or expanding charter schools. The Detroit News

SPELLING BEE For the first time ever, a Detroit district student will be among the finalists in the national spelling bee. WXYZ