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Rise & Shine: Penalties for schools that teach two languages at once

Good morning! As the clock ticks down on a school year that, for many Detroit children, will end tomorrow, we’ve been spending some time in dual-language schools where students learn in English and another language.

The model is recognized as one of the best ways to help English-speakers learn another language while simultaneously building literacy in children who don’t speak English at home. But Koby Levin reports that a new law designed to improve literacy in Michigan could penalize dual language programs in the state.

Also in today’s roundup, we have the latest fallout over proposed new state social studies standards and the rest of the day’s education news. Scroll down for more and have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Chalkbeat Detroit Bureau Chief


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DUAL LANGUAGE Experts in bilingual education say students in “language immersion” programs typically fall behind their English-only peers in reading, then catch up around middle school. But a new state law will force schools to hold back all third-graders who can’t pass the state’s reading test, even if they’re learning to read in two languages. Chalkbeat

SOCIAL STUDIES The state education department has added two more public sessions to get feedback on controversial proposed changes to state social studies standards. Opponents were the only speakers at the first hearing on the proposed changes Monday night. Michigan Radio Michigan Department of Education Detroit Free Press The Detroit News

SAFETY APP Two Michigan teachers have developed an app to help schools manage lockdowns. Detroit Free Press

HURRICANE Michigan is applying for $670,000 in emergency federal hurricane relief funds to offset costs for nearly 100 students displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria who enrolled in Michigan schools this year. Michigan Department of Education

PRAISE One newspaper praised the state government for increasing school funding in next year’s budget. The Detroit News

SUCCESS This Detroit high school grad has more than nearly two dozen offers from top colleges and $2 million in scholarship offers. Fox2

ACCOLADES These local high school grads have been recognized by the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation for academic excellence. The Detroit News