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Rise & Shine: Many Detroit students leave the city to attend school. Do they benefit?

Good morning!

Tens of thousands of students wake up every morning in Detroit and travel to schools in the suburbs, hoping that they’ll get a better education in exchange for a longer commute.

They can’t count on it. In fact, students who leave Detroit for school are more likely to wind up in buildings with stricter discipline and higher teacher turnover. Researchers who’ve been studying student mobility in Detroit say those problems may counteract any academic gains students make from choosing a school with higher test scores.

Lori has the details, and the rest of the news from the first day of school is below. Thanks for reading!

— Koby Levin, reporter


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