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Rise & Shine: Why next year could bring important ballot initiatives affecting Detroit schools

Good morning!

Most of the November 2020 election coverage is focused on the presidential race. But in Wayne County, there’s another key election that’s likely to appear on the ballot: The renewal of a millage that has provided nearly $80 million annually to schools.

Since it was first approved in 2016, that revenue has helped schools reduce class sizes, purchase more technology, hire more instructional coaches and in the case of the Detroit school district, provide salary increases to employees.

If it gets renewed, it won’t just keep helping local school districts in the county. Charter schools, for the first time, will be able to share in the money — part of a new law that will reduce the amount of money traditional districts get.

It’s one of three possible ballot initiatives that could appear on the ballot in 2020. 

Read my story here to find out more about all three of these initiatives. 

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And have a great day!

— Lori Higgins, bureau chief

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