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Rise & Shine: Will the $10 million that helped renovate one Detroit school be ‘only the beginning?’

Good morning!

It’s not every day that Detroit’s mayor and superintendent get to hold a press conference to show off a gleaming new school renovation. This is a city, after all, where schools are in urgent need of repairs, but where state law largely prohibits the district from borrowing money to fund those repairs.

Yesterday's press conference came courtesy of business leaders focused on training skilled workers. They helped support the $10 million transformation of the Breithaupt Career Technical Education Center on the city’s west side — the second renovation of a career-focused school in recent years. Lori has the details, including Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's prediction that this renovation is "only the beginning." It remains to be seen, however, whether private businesses will step up to renovate schools that aren't directly tied to training the workers they need.

Also worth checking out this morning is this story from our national desk about pre-K programs. It looks at a new study that links the benefits of preschool even to children who don’t enroll.

Read on for more on these stories and the rest of this morning’s headlines. And have a great day!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


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CAREER Standing with business leaders who helped fund a $10 million renovation of a Detroit career and technical school, Vitti predicted that one day, “we’ll be talking about this type of investment in over 100 schools.”  Chalkbeat The Detroit News Fox2

PRE-K Research examining the impact of a pre-K expansion in South Carolina found that students who attended preschool were disciplined less often and had higher test scores when they reached elementary school. That improved the school environment for all students and pushed up the test scores even of children who had not themselves attended preschool. Chalkbeat

BUDGET Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to increase school funding faces major political hurdles as a new poll shows that most voters — including Democrats — oppose the proposed gas tax that is central to her plan. Many voters, meanwhile, support using the state’s School Aid Fund to fix potholes. Crain’s

COLLEGE Whitmer was joined by a group of lawmakers from both parties this week to tout a package of bills that would provide free community college or skills training to Michigan adults. Michigan Advance WLNS WILX

CHAMPS Bridge Magazine has released its annual list of Academic State Champs, recognizing schools that have a high percentage of graduates enrolled in college. Of the 40 schools recognized, seven are in one Detroit suburb. Bridge

DRIVER A charter school student without a driver’s license crashed a car into the building that houses his school. The Detroit News

TEACHERS Detroit’s main district is investigating allegations against multiple teachers accused of misconduct with students. WXYZ Fox2

PHOTO Teachers at a suburban school are in trouble for making an obscene gesture while posing for a photo. Fox2