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Rise & Shine: Report says Michigan still ‘reaching’ to support youngest children

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A new report out this week has Michigan ranked in the bottom half of states when it comes to serving the youngest children.

The State of the Babies Yearbook ranked states on 60 different measures of child well-being, including child poverty, housing instability and child maltreatment.

Koby writes about the report here. Among the findings in Michigan: Prenatal care for mothers is harder to come by than in most other places in America.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Koby wrote about an effort by two charter school authorizers, in collaboration with the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, to train people who serve on the school boards that oversee charter schools. Read that story here.

Scroll down for more education news, including a follow-up on a story our partners at Bridge Magazine published last week about an affluent suburban high school where the syllabus for an African-American history course offended parents and students.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

PHOTO: Koby Levin
A school board meeting at the Southwest Detroit Community School.

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SERVING BABIES A national report on the state of babies gives Michigan a poor ranking for its efforts to serve the youngest children. Chalkbeat

TRAINING BOARD MEMBERS The people who serve on the boards of education for charter schools make some of the most critical decisions about their schools, and now there’s an effort to provide training for them. Chalkbeat

DECREPIT SCHOOLS The facility crisis in the Detroit school district is affecting students, teachers and staff, but it also could hinder the city’s comeback. Bridge Magazine

DWINDLING CENTERS A new report shows the number of child care centers in Michigan is declining. MDE

BANDING TOGETHER More than a dozen Michigan school districts came together to help after heavy snow crushed a garage and destroyed school buses in one district. K102.5

SCHOOL BUSES Which Michigan school districts had the best or the worst school bus inspections? Mlive

MORE OF THE SAME Michigan’s state demographer is predicting a large drop in the number of school-aged children in the state. Michigan Radio

RACIAL GAP A new national report finds a $23 billion racial funding gap for schools. Washington Post

GOING TO COLLEGE A Detroit high school is celebrating the eighth year in a row that 100% of its seniors received college acceptance. WXYZ

AN APOLOGY The superintendent of an affluent suburban school district apologizes for the content of an African-American history class. Bridge Hometown Life

TEACHER CADETS A Michigan school district has launched a teacher cadet program that is part of an effort to recruit more teachers of color. Michigan Radio

TELLING TALES Michigan students who’ve been kicked out of school will participate in an upcoming storytelling event. Student Advocacy Center