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Rise & Shine: New money and new leadership boost Detroit early childhood effort

Good morning!

At the annual Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday, the two philanthropies behind a $50 million push to improve and expand early childhood education in Detroit made two announcements they say will accelerate their efforts. They told attendees that a new $2.5 million donation will go toward improving childcare facilities in the city. And, they announced they’ll soon be hiring a new director to oversee the entire initiative, called Hope Starts Here. Read Koby’s story to find out more.

Fallout continued this week from a court filing Friday in the federal “right to literacy” lawsuit, which seeks to hold the state accountable for the conditions of Detroit schools during years of state control. Attorneys for the state filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing it’s now moot because the state has new leadership and the school district is now under local control. The vice president of the state education board issued a letter Tuesday urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state leaders to stop fighting the lawsuit and start siding with the children who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. You can read more in my story.

Continue reading for more of the top education news in Michigan and beyond. And have a great Thursday.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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EARLY CHILDHOOD Efforts to improve and expand early childhood education in Detroit are getting a boost, with the announcement of a new donation and a new director. Chalkbeat Crain’s Detroit Business

RIGHT TO READ A state board of education executive is urging the state to get on the side of students who are plaintiffs in a historic federal lawsuit. Chalkbeat Bridge Magazine Detroit Free Press Detroit News Mlive

SPECIAL EDUCATION Segregation affects whether a black student is classified with a disability. Chalkbeat

AFTER SCHOOL FUNDING Wayne County voters have already approved a special millage to provide additional revenue for schools in the county. Now, there’s a push to ask them to approve another millage to provide after-school funding. Crain’s Detroit Business

BENTON HARBOR BLUES State leaders continue to take heat for pushing for the closure of the high school in the Benton Harbor school district. Herald-Palladium Detroit News

‘GIVE MORE MONEY TO SCHOOLS’ Michigan children gave Gov. Gretchen Whitmer advice about schools and roads in handwritten letters. Detroit Free Press

EARLY SCHOOL START Could this be the year the annual effort to allow schools to start before Labor Day takes off? Detroit News

PRIVATE DECLINE Private schools in Michigan are experiencing the same kind of enrollment declines public schools have dealt with for years. Detroit Free Press

EVALUATION QUESTIONS The director of education for a libertarian-leaning think tank writes that questions about bias in Michigan teacher evaluations shines a light on adopting effective policy. Mackinac Center

CALL FOR REFORM Lagging achievement in Michigan schools prompt call reform at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. Detroit News

VITTI INTERVIEW A local television station catches up with Detroit’s superintendent at the Mackinac Policy Conference as he enters his third year. WDIV