Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Your cheat sheet on the race for state board of education

[caption id="attachment_184151" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The Democratic and Republican candidates for the Michigan Board of Education (from right), Richard Zeile, Tiffany Tilley, Judy Pritchett, and Tami Carlone. Seven candidates from other parties are running.[/caption]

Good morning and happy Friday!

There are lots of crucial races on Tuesday’s ballot — and that doesn’t just mean the ones you’ve heard of. The race to fill two seats on the state board of education could have significant impact on schools in Detroit and across the state, potentially influencing school closures, the third-grade reading law and controversial proposed changes to social studies standards, among other issues.

That’s why Koby posted two stories yesterday that can help walk voters through their options. In one story, he took a look at campaign fundraising, noting that a union-backed candidate took in much more money than her opponents. His other story is a Q&A with seven of the eleven candidates (four declined to participate). Voters can see where candidates stand on everything from the state school funding formula, to whether schools should be held accountable for student absences. Also, hear Koby discussing the race on Michigan Radio.

Scroll down for more on these stories — and the rest of the day’s education news. And have a great weekend!

— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief


Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox, or forward to a friend who cares about public education.


ALL ABOARD Most candidates for the state board of education have views that largely align with their political parties, but there are some exceptions. Chalkbeat

CAMPAIGN CASH Despite a few large donations from teachers unions, the state board race has largely flown under the radar. In all, the candidates raised just over $30,000 in 165 donations. Chalkbeat

SUPERINTENDENT The current board has hired a search firm to find superintendent candidates. The board expects to choose a new superintendent next year to replace Brian Whiston, who died in May. WKAR

MATERIAL SUPPORT A Detroit charter school has gotten a major gift from a pop legend that represents a significant boost to its effort to renovate the deteriorated former school building it bought this year. Detroit Free Press WDIV

SAFEGUARDS The state of Michigan is doling out $25 million to pay for upgrades to door locks and other security features in schools in the wake of mass school shootings in other states. Associated Press

GRADES The citywide commission developing an A-F grading system for Detroit schools is planning a series of public events this month to get feedback on the proposed plan. Community Education Commission