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Rise & Shine: What could a new district school mean for the old ones?

The proposed Detroit Latin school is inspired by similar such schools in Boston and New York City. The leader of the effort helped establish the Bronx Latin school in New York.

Good morning and welcome to October!

It’s a new month and we have news of another new school that could be coming to Detroit’s main district. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told a school board committee on Friday that he wants to sell a vacant elementary school building to a group that hopes to raise millions of dollars for a new Detroit Latin school, a public school focused on the classical cultures of Greece and Rome.

New schools like this one, and the “cradle to career” school just announced for the Marygrove College campus, could be risky for the district if they end up drawing students from existing schools. Many district schools are already far from full. But Vitti sees the unusual curriculum as an opportunity to lure back some of the 30,000 Detroit children who are now commuting to the suburbs for school. And, by partnering with Detroit Latin, he prevents the school’s founders from opening a charter or private school instead. If that happened, the school could draw students away from district schools without any benefit to the district.

Scroll down for more on that story and the rest of the weekend’s headlines. Have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, bureau chief

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LATIN Inspired by public Latin schools in Boston and New York City, the people behind the Detroit Latin School want to open as soon as next year. They hope to raise $75 million to renovate the former Brady elementary school into a lower school, a Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology building, and a “small dormitory,” though it’s not clear how the dormitory will be used. Chalkbeat Detroit Free Press

CHARTER The Detroit charter school that stunned students last week with news that it would suddenly close its doors wasn’t the only charter school in the country to shutter this week — and a recent study says such closures aren’t that unusual. Forbes

HEAD START There could be some disruption coming to Detroit’s Head Start offerings as several local providers of the free federal preschool program are being made to re-apply for their contracts. Crain’s

GYMNASTICS Students participating in the new bus route serving district and charter schools in northwest Detroit will soon have access to a free after-school gymnastics program. Crain’s

STANDARDS After weeks of contentious hearings about proposed new state social studies standards, the state education department is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve as members of a social studies taskforce. Michigan Department of Education Bridge

SOCIAL STUDIES Two education advocates warn that sugar-coating history in the social studies standards could harm the state’s future. Bridge