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Rise & Shine: You’re invited to meet the candidates for Detroit school board tonight

Good morning! The governor’s race won’t be the only one on the November ballot that can have major consequences for Detroit schools. There are also two seats on the city school board up for grabs and nine candidates — including one incumbent — vying for those seats.

There’s a lot at stake, which is why Chalkbeat is joining with Citizen Detroit to host a candidate forum tonight — Sept. 20 — at the IBEW Local 58 office at 1358 Abbott Street in Detroit. Participants will be able to question candidates in a speed-dating format.

Whether or not you plan to attend, get to the know the candidates by watching their introductory videos. Let us know what you think — and send us any questions you have for the candidates. We’ll try to publish the answers.

Until then, scroll down for all the day’s headlines, including the latest on the drinking water issues in city schools. Thanks for reading!

— Erin Einhorn, bureau chief


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VIDEOS In introductory videos, candidates vying to fill one of two seats on the Detroit school board told of overcoming childhood hardships and of graduating from the Detroit Public Schools. Chalkbeat

PHOTO: Erin Einhorn
Members of Detroit’s new school board joined community leaders to discuss the future of the district at a Detroit Parent Network event last year. They are, from left, board members Iris Taylor, Deborah Hunter-Harvill, Misha Stallworth, Detroit Parent Network CEO Sharlonda Buckman, Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, board member Sonya Mays, and Skillman Foundation President Tonya Allen. Hunter-Harvill is up for reelection.

WATER The latest round of water testing in city schools has added 33 more Detroit schools to list of those with elevated lead or copper levels. So far, 57 of 86 schools that have been tested have unsafe drinking water. Detroit Free Press The Detroit News MLive WDIV Fox 2

LAWSUIT Two national news organizations checked in with one of the former Detroit students who unsuccessfully sued the state last year. The students said the state violated their constitutional right to literacy by allowing deplorable conditions in city schools. USA TODAY CBS This Morning

PROMISE Another Michigan college has joined the Detroit Promise program that gives full tuition scholarships to select city high school grads.  Diverse Education

SCULPTURE Students at one Detroit charter school will soon be greeted by a sculpture created by Winston Churchill’s granddaughter. The Detroit News

SHOW TIME Local students put on a play inspired by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos CBS Detroit