Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Meet the people who could help influence education policy in Michigan

Good (bone-chilling-cold) morning!

What changes can we expect in education policy this year? That’s a question on the minds of a lot of folks who care about improving public schools in Michigan.

My latest story takes a look at this pivotal year in Michigan, given there are changes in leadership at nearly every level — from the governor’s office to the legislative committees who deal with education issues.

And don’t forget, we’ll also have a new state schools superintendent.

I also give you a run-down on who some of the key folks are who could influence the direction of education in Michigan.

Read on for more education news in Michigan, including Koby’s story about a group of students trying to urge others to take tough advanced placement classes.

Stay warm!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

SPREADING THE WORD A group of high-achieving high school students in the Detroit school district is working to convince peers to enroll in advanced placement classes. Chalkbeat

MICHIGAN EDUCATION Meet the folks who could influence education in Michigan this year. Chalkbeat 

WHITMER ON EDUCATION Michigan’s governor tells some retired educators at a Clare stop that she’ll be addressing education in her State of the State, scheduled for Feb. 12. MLive

HOSTILE SCHOOLS? A Michigan school district is accused of creating a racially-hostile environment. Insider

MENTAL HEALTH A bill before Michigan lawmakers would create “mental health first aid” training for teachers. Michigan Radio

STUDY FLAWS? A free market think tank questions methods MSU researchers used in study that showed Michigan is dead last in revenue growth for schools. Michigan Cap Con

SEARCH FOR TOP LEADER The search has begun for Michigan’s top education leader. Chalkbeat Detroit News Michigan Radio

MICHIGAN’S WEALTHIEST SCHOOLS Metro Detroit school districts top this list of the wealthiest in Michigan. MLive

MICHIGAN’S POOREST SCHOOLS These 54 school districts have the lowest median incomes for families in Michigan. MLive

FIX OUR SCHOOLS Improving Michigan’s schools was a common issue that came up from residents during a statewide tour conducted by a nonprofit organization. Bridge

CLOSURES SPARK FUN, SCRUTINY Frigid temperatures that closed schools across the state this week led to some creative snow day announcements and criticism from some parents. Detroit News MLive Detroit Free Press

SNOW DAY MEALS Students love snow days, but it can be a struggle for those who rely on school for meals, especially during weeks when there are multiple days of school cancellations. Some schools are accommodating those students. MLive Twitter

RUNNING OUT OF DAYS The snow and the cold and the subsequent school closings have some districts getting close to running out of “snow days.” Detroit Free Press Detroit News

CUTTING BACK ON KICKING OUT Restorative discipline practices may be helping reduce suspensions and expulsions in a Michigan school district. Michigan Radio