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In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
24 hours ago
WATCH: Candidates for Detroit school board introduce themselves live
The nine candidates for Detroit school board are gathering Thursday evening at IBEW 58 in Detroit to make their cases in advance of the November…
meet the candidates
September 18, 2018
These candidates are running for Detroit school board. Watch them introduce themselves.
These candidates are among nine people vying for two seats up for grabs on Detroit’s seven-member school board this fall.
September 17, 2018
Michigan’s ‘band-aid’ for filling teaching jobs is expanding. Here’s what you need to know.
There aren’t enough qualified teachers to fill classrooms across Michigan — and especially in Detroit. That’s why state officials have opened the door to…
September 13, 2018
A foundation, a district, and a university unite in Detroit to build one of the nation’s first ‘cradle to career’ schools
When it’s up and running, the school coming to the campus of Marygrove College in northwest Detroit will be one of the first in the nation to serve everyone from babies to graduate students, simultaneously educating children, giving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits, and training teachers in an innovative new way.
What's in a name?
September 11, 2018
Ben Carson, Aretha Franklin, will be part of lengthy public debates as Detroit board approves new policy to rename school buildings
Months after Ben Carson’s name became a hot-button issue in Detroit, the city school board approved a policy Tuesday that moves Carson’s critics…
mark your calendar
September 10, 2018
Mark your calendars: Here are four chances to dig into the issues facing Detroit schools
As we at Chalkbeat work to cover education in Detroit, we’re keeping our ears to the ground by participating in four upcoming events…
September 6, 2018
Here’s how much it will cost to fix your school. Report puts a price tag on repairs at every school in Detroit’s main district.
Kindergartners arriving at Nichols Elementary-Middle School this week for the first day of school were welcomed to a building that needs massive repairs…
September 5, 2018
These Detroit schools are the city’s most improved
Sean Townsin has a one-word explanation for why his small charter school was among the most improved in the Detroit this year in…
September 4, 2018
Despite heat, water problems, Detroit students get a fresh start
It took a lunch table of high schoolers to give Superintendent Nikolai Vitti some good news on the first day of school.
August 31, 2018
Detroit superintendent accuses charter school leader of using drinking water crisis to disparage district
Vitti on Friday sent a cease and desist letter to Mark Ornstein, who heads the University Prep charter school network, demanding that Ornstein correct a “defamatory statement” he made in an automated phone call to parents this week.
Gifted and talented
August 31, 2018
Superintendent Vitti wants to overhaul an elite Detroit school. Here’s how.
Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti surprised parents this week with plans to overhaul one of the city’s elite schools. Starting next year,…
August 30, 2018
Is Detroit ‘the best city in America for teachers’? City leaders are giving recruits a few more reasons to say ‘yes’
Hiring teachers in Detroit has long been fiercely competitive, with schools sweetening their offers with unusual financial perks in an effort to recruit…
August 29, 2018
Test scores spell trouble for the most struggling schools in Detroit and across the state. See how your school stacks up.
A year later, test results show that schools that were threatened with closure are still struggling to hit the targets laid out in their contracts with the state.
Race to Reading
August 28, 2018
With Michigan’s third-grade reading law looming, parents fear majority of Detroit youth will be held back
Educators and advocates are warning that too many parents don’t know their children can be held back in third grade if they can't read, because of a new law.
August 24, 2018
A cutting edge teacher training program is coming to Detroit’s main district and Marygrove College
A new school run by the Detroit Public Schools Community District will be the laboratory for a cutting edge approach…
cut in half
August 23, 2018
700 students face a tough change as this Detroit charter network rushes to rebuild
A Detroit charter school network is sharply downsizing after losing its contract with the city’s main district, a long-anticipated development that still seemed to take…
August 20, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit special education advocate tries to help parents
This special education advocate said parents have to be sure to document everything, and stay calm — no matter what.
Getting ready for school
August 16, 2018
Kindergarten ‘boot camp’ aims to ready young Detroit children — and their parents — for school
These young children are getting the extra boost they need before they start their first day of kindergarten through the Detroit school district's new program.
August 15, 2018
Poll: Most residents want Michigan to change the way it funds schools
The majority of the state's voters say the way schools are funded needs to change.
August 14, 2018
Detroit school board approves 2018-19 academic calendar after union agrees to changes
Teachers aren't happy about the approved academic calendar, but they want to do what's best for students.
August 14, 2018
Detroit district and union hammer out last-second agreement on school calendar before vote at tonight’s board meeting
Detroit’s main school district and its largest teachers union settled a contract disagreement Tuesday afternoon after tensions arose over the seemingly routine approval…
Lost in Translation
August 13, 2018
Detroit superintendent promises Spanish translators, other fixes for ‘broken’ system
Spanish-speaking parents walked away with a list of promises from Vitti who says there’s a lot the district can do to better meet the needs of these families.
August 10, 2018
Coming soon to Detroit (and only Detroit): Letter grades for schools that could lead to closures
Every school in Detroit will soon receive a letter grade that could result in some persistently low-scoring schools being shuttered by the state.
August 8, 2018
With primaries over, Detroit school board candidates look to November
As yard signs from Tuesday’s primary elections come down, Detroiters are preparing for another election that could have a significant impact on students…
August 7, 2018
Wednesday will be a full day for students on the Detroit district’s proposed calendar
Parents and teachers in Detroit’s main district were united in their dislike of shortened Wednesdays. For years, K-8 schools in…
on the issues
August 3, 2018
What’s at stake for Detroit students in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary
The future of Detroit schools is on the line this election cycle, and it starts not with the school board election in November…
August 2, 2018
After initial stumbles, Detroit schools’ Parent Academy retools with new schedules and workshops
School officials are hoping to attract more parents by making adjustments to Parent Academy
July 31, 2018
Raising taxes, partnering with developers and four other ways Detroit main school district could address its facilities crisis
When the time comes to repair school buildings, most districts in Michigan put a tax increase the ballot, effectively asking voters to back…
July 25, 2018
Which Detroit school is best for your child? A new guide offers direction, but no test scores
A glossy new Detroit school guide will give city parents lots of information about nearly 200 city schools…
July 24, 2018
Parent gathering takes on special education, from diagnosis to getting services in Detroit schools
What started as a discussion about special education on Tuesday turned into something deeper, as parents gave voice…
Special education overhaul
July 23, 2018
‘Unofficial suspensions’ and 10 other reasons Detroit’s main district is overhauling special education
A transportation network that was so dysfunctional, students with special needs were left sitting at home for a bus that never came.
Special education overhaul
July 23, 2018
Why Detroit children with autism are 22 times more likely to be in a district school than a charter, and other findings from a new report
Few observers doubt that special education in Detroit’s main district needs a major overhaul. But an audit that found gaping holes…
July 18, 2018
How a doctor inspired a new way to train teachers — and how that is leading to a new kind of school
Professors at the University of Michigan are making a radical change to the way teachers are trained — making it more like doctor training.
July 17, 2018
63 teachers are leaving Detroit’s main district. Here’s a list of their names and former schools.
Is your child’s favorite teacher saying goodbye to the Detroit Public Schools Community District? Last week, Detroit’s main district released the…
July 16, 2018
Tell us your stories about children with special needs in Detroit
Chalkbeat Detroit is teaming up with the Detroit Parent Network to hear your special needs stories
Staying in school
July 11, 2018
Detroit students ‘making mistakes’ will get a second chance as district opens new alternative school
Detroit students whose discipline issues have proved too much for their schools to handle finally have a way to stay in school in…
Certified — but ready?
July 10, 2018
Detroit schools will hire teachers without classroom experience, sparking debate
Detroit’s main district is proceeding with a plan to hire teachers who are certified but have received no training in the classroom —…
Certified — but ready?
July 9, 2018
Strapped for teachers, Detroit district looks to controversial teacher training programs
Faced with a daunting shortage of certified teachers, leaders of Detroit’s main district say they may have no choice but to hire educators…
July 3, 2018
Watch these Detroit elementary students star in music videos about reading
Students at Coleman A. Young Elementary didn’t have art or music class last year, but their dance moves made it all the way…
July 2, 2018
Attorneys in literacy lawsuit plan to appeal federal judge’s ‘disappointing’ dismissal
A judge has dismissed Detroit students' federal lawsuit. Attorneys plan to appeal.
July 2, 2018
No recess is the norm for 6,000 Detroit students. Here’s how that could change.
Add recess to the list of basics that students have done without in Detroit. A generation of Detroit children raised in…
June 28, 2018
New education budget threatens dozens of low-performing Detroit schools with closure — again
Dozens of struggling Detroit schools could face closure once again after Gov. Rick Snyder signed an education budget on Thursday that seeks to stiffen consequences for low-scoring schools.
June 28, 2018
New grant aims to bring programs like arts and nutrition to Detroit preschools and childcare facilities
The funds are one strategy to address a critical shortage of quality early childhood facilities in Detroit where an estimated 28,000 young children don’t have access to quality care.
janus v. AFSCME
June 27, 2018
The latest Supreme Court decision will be felt most heavily by teachers unions outside Michigan
A split U.S. Supreme Court dealt a long-anticipated blow to teachers unions and other public employee unions on Wednesday, ruling that public employees…
Against the odds
June 26, 2018
These 53 graduates almost didn’t walk across the stage. They’ve ‘done more than most.’
Hannah Miller was a teen mom with a learning disability who dropped out in the ninth grade. She hardly expected to graduate.
June 25, 2018
Here’s how the Detroit district plans to fix ‘glaring discrepancies’ in special education
Detroit’s main district announced plans to overhaul its special education program after an audit found that some schools aren’t meeting the needs of…
June 22, 2018
Crumbling Detroit school buildings will cost $500 million to repair. It’s money the district doesn’t have
The review found that nearly a third of school buildings are in an “unsatisfactory” or “poor” condition.
June 21, 2018
‘The pressure is on everyone’ as Detroit’s main district advertises to attract more students
Detroit’s main school district has a new look. Officials announced a new brand for the Detroit Public Schools Community District…
June 20, 2018
A parent hotline is among fixes promised for special education in Detroit schools
It is a stunning number: roughly one-sixth of students in Detroit’s main school district have learning disabilities or…
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