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Rise & Shine: What Whitmer’s budget proposal means for Michigan preschoolers

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s education spending plan has already made waves because she wants to increase funding for some of the students who are the most costly to educate, such as low-income and special education students.

But what about the youngest children in the state?

Koby’s story provides an overview of Whitmer’s plan to increase access to the state’s free pre-kindergarten program, pay the operators of the programs more money per student, and increase the pay for workers in the program.

The story also looks at what Whitmer’s proposal could mean for Mayor Mike Duggan’s push for universal pre-kindergarten programs in Detroit.

Speaking of Duggan, Koby covered the mayor’s State of the City speech earlier this week and has this piece about how little attention was paid to education issues in the address.

Scroll down for more Michigan and Detroit education news, including MLive’s reporting on a roundtable chat they sponsored with Whitmer in which she vowed to end Michigan’s “destructive” third-grade reading law.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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BOOSTING PRE-K Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal would provide a big boost for the state’s free pre-kindergarten program. Chalkbeat

MAYOR TALK Detroit’s mayor devoted just a short amount of time in his state of the city address talking about education in the city. Chalkbeat

PLACE YOUR BETS Does the governor’s plans to boost school funding in Michigan stand a chance? Chalkbeat

WEIGHTED FUNDING Check out this interactive map to see how your school district would benefit from the governor’s school spending proposal. Chalkbeat

‘DESTRUCTIVE’ LAW Michigan’s governor says she wants to get rid of the state’s reading law, which next school year will require third-graders who are a grade level or more behind in reading to be held back. MLive

NEW ADVISER A leading advocate for college access and enrollment in Michigan has been tapped to advise the governor. Bridge

GRADUATION RATES Check out the graduation rates for Michigan’s 60 largest school districts. MLive

RURAL STUDENTS This national report that looks at the reason rural students don’t go to college is set in Michigan. Hechinger Report

SNOW DAY RELIEF? Lawmakers on Tuesday are set to take up legislation that would forgive schools for some of the days they missed because of bad weather. Fox 47 News

COMPETENCY STUDY The state education department and a Michigan university have banded together to study competency-based education. MDE

STEM GRANT A regional math and science center at a Michigan university has received a grant to provide training to teachers on STEM. Midland Daily News

CRUMBLING SCHOOLS A Michigan university professor writes about America’s crumbling schools (including in Detroit) and what it will take to fix them. The Conversation