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Bethune Elementary-Middle School
October 4, 2018
Moving Costs: Why this was the story we needed to tell
October 2, 2018
The children of 8B: One classroom, 31 journeys, and the reason it’s so hard to fix Detroit’s schools
The 31 eighth-graders in Bethune’s “8B” homeroom had collectively attended a total of 128 schools — an average of more than four schools each. They are among countless others just like them in cities like Detroit — kids who’ve spent their childhoods starting over every couple of years, navigating new schools, trying to fit in.
October 2, 2018
Detroit makes it easy to switch schools. So parents do. Frequently.
Overwhelmingly, Detroit parents said they moved their children to new schools because they wanted better for their child — a safer school, a cleaner school, the kind of school where their children could thrive.
Lost and found
October 2, 2018
At a Detroit school, two women become detectives when students stop showing up
One or two students leave Bethune Elementary-Middle School every week, but only a handful notify the school of their plans to leave. The rest have to be found.
January 18, 2018
Detroit district moves beyond test scores for admittance to elite high schools like Cass Tech and Renaissance
An admissions team will use a score card that gives students points in various categories including test scores, grades and essays.
A race against time
December 7, 2017
Can this Detroit principal help her students learn quickly enough to save her school?
What's happening here offers a window into what schools like this are up against — and the tools they're using to try to gain some ground.
Week In Review
May 12, 2017
Week in review: Salary news for Vitti, uncertainty for Detroit teachers
With a new superintendent getting a (generous) contract as soon as tonight and school closings off the table for now, Detroit schools are starting to feel a bit more stable. But with just weeks to go before the end of the school year, teachers in the state-run Education Achievement Authority still don’t know what their salaries will be next year or who will be running their buildings
Looking to leave?
May 11, 2017
As two Detroit districts merge, uncertainty over leadership and pay stokes fear of teacher exodus in 11 schools
The transition back to the Detroit Public Schools Community District could mean major pay cuts for EAA teachers and changes to school leadership that some fear could cause a mass exodus.
March 22, 2017
Despite being passed over for top job, Alycia Meriweather says she’s focused on changes ahead for Detroit schools
Meriweather's hopeful predictions about the future struck an odd note just days after the Detroit school board narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists that did not include Meriweather.
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