Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: The sad, familiar tales of education’s haves and have nots

Good morning!

In Indianapolis, black students are far less likely to be considered “gifted” than their white peers. In Tennessee and Colorado, low-income schools are perennially starting from scratch with brand new teachers. And in Detroit, our story earlier this week showed that students have far less access to challenging coursework than their peers in the suburbs.

Those were just some of the stories that Chalkbeat reporters produced this week in collaboration with the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Together, they tell a sad, familiar tale of an educational system where students continue to have vastly different educational opportunities depending on where they live and the color of their skin. Learn more about this effort — and the interactive database that helped drive it — here.

Also this week, Erin’s report from Tuesday night’s school board meeting included some important new details about the new Detroit Latin School including a planned dormitory for international students. The school, which could open as soon as next fall, generated some mixed feelings among board members who expressed concern about creating a school with a focus on ancient Europe in a district where 82 percent of students are black.

Plus, check out this story from USA Today (including a section on Detroit) that chronicles the lives of teachers across the country on a single day. It offers an important reminder for why teachers are demanding more respect.

Scroll down for more of the latest education news, and thanks for reading!

— Koby Levin, reporter


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MISEDUCATION Even as educators and policy makers are trying to increase equity in education, stories from Chalkbeat and ProPublica show there’s much work left to be done. Chalkbeat

SCHOLA LATINA With the school board’s blessing Tuesday night, a new school focused on the classical cultures of Greece and Rome (and perhaps of Africa) could start enrolling students in grades five through seven as soon as next fall. Chalkbeat

TEACH Morale is low and pressure is high but this Detroit teacher remains committed to her work. She is one of 15 teachers whose lives were documented in schools acorss the country on September 17. Detroit Free Press USA TODAY

PRIVATE An appeals court judge ruled that state lawmakers can allocate funds to private schools to pay for things like health and safety mandates despite a provision in the state constitution that bars public funds for private schools. Detroit Free Press The Detroit News CBS Detroit Michigan Radio MLive

NOT BUDGING The embattled leader of a Detroit charter school was in court Tuesday fighting for her job. She says the school’s authorizer doesn’t have the power to fire her. WDIV The Detroit News Detroit Free Press

CAMPAIGN Both major-party candidates say their plans for improving schools involve reaching students when they’re young. The Detroit News

DONATE The ride-sharing app Lyft is giving riders the option to round their fare up to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to a foundation that supports Detroit’s main district. The Detroit News

SEND MONEY As the world’s richest man rolls out a plan to donate $2 billion to improve education and housing, a business publication tries to put Detroit on his radar. Business Insider

FLINT A new lawsuit alleges that the state of Michigan is systematically failing to meet the needs of special education students in Flint in the wake of the lead water crisis there. The Detroit News

OVERSIGHT The Pontiac school district has been released from state financial oversight after five years. The Detroit News Detroit Free Press