Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Who’s to blame for unpaid teacher bonuses?

Good morning and happy Friday!

Teachers across the city have been back at work this week, trying to get students on track after a long winter break. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not lucrative, but most teachers will tell you that they don’t do this work for the money. Still, when they’re promised money — when they’re told they’ll get a bonus for raising student test scores — they expect to be paid.

That’s why a group of former teachers at a Detroit charter school was furious to discover that a change in management companies at the school has cast doubt on who, if anyone, should pay those bonuses. Koby’s story has the details on a dispute that underscores broader questions about whether charter school boards or the management companies they hire are ultimately responsible for teacher contracts.

Also, Lori has a story about an infusion of grants flowing to Head Start providers as they re-compete for federal cash they’re in danger of losing.

Scroll down for more on these stories and the rest of today’s headlines — and have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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BONUSES The dispute over teacher bonuses at a Detroit charter school has led to finger-pointing between the school’s board and its former management company. Chalkbeat

HEAD START In addition to helping provide professional development for the Head Start agencies that are in jeopardy, grants totaling $1.1 million will also help improve teacher recruitment and retention for programs in the region. Chalkbeat

RANKINGS A conservative think tank that analyzes student test scores to identify which schools are best serving low-income students is out with its annual high school ranking. Mackinac Center  

A-F The interim state schools superintendent explains why she thinks the new law requiring her department to give schools A-F grades will be ”confusing, exasperating, and frustrating” for superintendents. Michigan Radio

HIRED Michigan’s new health and human services director is an education policy expert who worked in the Obama administration and served as a top executive with the organization that makes the SAT college entrance exam. Associated Press The Detroit News

ATTACK A Detroit high school student was arrested and expelled after reportedly attacking and beating a substitute teacher who told the school that the student had brought drugs to school. The teacher was hospitalized and is recovering from her injuries. Fox2 WXYZ

HOME SCHOOL A supporter of applying free market principles to education pushes back on calls to better regulate home-schooling. The same advocate also makes a case in support of the new A-F law. Michigan Capitol Confidential The Detroit News