Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Who’s spending what on Detroit’s school board election?

Good morning, and happy morning-after-Halloween!

I don’t know about the other parents out there but I, for one, will be spending much of my day today trying to unload some of my kids’ candy haul. They sure looked cute in their costumes. And it is truly heartwarming to see the pure joy on their faces. But wow! Between the school celebrations and last night’s trick-or-treating, we have so much candy!

Also on my agenda today is getting ready for Tuesday. Election day is now just five days away and there’s a lot at stake for kids in Detroit and across the state. We at Chalkbeat have been writing about where candidates stand on education issues, and the people hoping to lead our city and state school systems. Koby’s latest election story looks at who is giving money to Detroit school board candidates.

Scroll down for more on that story and the rest of the morning’s education headlines. Also, we have the results from our annual reader survey. Every year, we survey our readers on a host of questions ranging from their role in education to which topics interest them most. We just published a roundup of the results, and we’re curious to know what you think. Do you recognize yourself in the responses? We’re always listening.

Have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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FUNDS There’s far less money backing candidates for Detroit school board this year compared to two years ago, when 63 people were running to fill all seven seats on the new Detroit Public Schools Community District board. But some candidates are getting more than others. Chalkbeat

CHARTER Both sides in a dispute over whether a Detroit charter school can fire its superintendent, a former city councilwoman, were in court this week. Negotiations to reach a possible settlement were ongoing. The Detroit News

ONE-TO-ONE The leader of the Detroit district visited a school to hand out laptops to teachers and students, part of an ongoing effort to put a laptop for every child in every school. Detroit Public Schools Community District

CHOICE A schools advocate who supports alternatives to traditional schools, such as charter schools, says transportation scholarships could help low-income families access better schools. Mackinac Center for Public Policy  

DEVOS The family of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has spent $7.6 million on campaign contributions on this year’s election including at least $300,000 to influence education policy in Michigan. The Detroit News

VICTORS A new policy of offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $65,000 a year has increased the percentage of low-income students enrolled at the University of Michigan. Bridge

READING A TV station has named the founder of a literacy program used in 12 Detroit schools a “Detroit 2020 Changemaker.” WXYZ