Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Will pre-K in Michigan catch up with other states?

Good morning! Lots of people agree that preschool education is a good idea. Research has found that it improves people’s lives well into adulthood. One of the most famous studies documenting the benefits of early childhood education was conducted here in Michigan. But these years later, Michigan is far from a leader when it comes to actually providing children with access to early education.

While some states have found a way to offer free preschool to all four-year-olds, one of our stories this week identifies the challenges that have so far kept Michigan off that list. It also explores whether the November 6 election could change that. 

And, with election day now less than two weeks away, check out our guide to the candidates running for Detroit school board. We asked candidates six questions about key issues in the district. Read their answers here, then check out the rest of this morning’s headlines.

— Koby Levin, reporter

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NO VACANCIES Tens of thousands of preschool-age children in Michigan are waiting for their place in programs that could dramatically improve their lives but momentum toward providing publicly funded pre-K to more children has been slowed by cost, teacher shortages, and family resistance. Chalkbeat

Q & A The eight candidates running for two seats on the Detroit school board all say they want to improve city schools, but they have different ideas about how to do that. Chalkbeat

CHURN New research documents serious consequences for students when their teachers leave during the school year. Chalkbeat

NO SUBSTITUTE The unexpected shutdown of a Michigan company that connects schools with substitute teachers was expected to cause turmoil across the state. Dearborn schools were among the districts expecting problems, but the district managed to cover its vacancies on Tuesday morning. Detroit Free Press WDIV The Detroit News Fox 2 WXYZ

VOTE Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates offered another look at their education platforms. WKAR

GRANTS Up to 100 Michigan educators could receive state grant funds to share innovative practices that help students become career ready in high-demand fields. Michigan Department of Education

RED CARPET One Detroit high school is about to get some pretty high-powered guests. WDIV