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Detroit Public Schools Community Disrict
year in review
December 21, 2018
Our most-read stories of 2018: Curriculum changes, a charter school closing, a new way to train teachers and more
As we head into 2019, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on our top stories and most read stories from last year.
Rock the vote
October 23, 2018
Not sure how to vote for Detroit school board? Read candidate answers to six key questions
The candidates all say they want to help improve the city schools but they have different ways of getting there — and different views on how the district should confront specific challenges.
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.
August 31, 2018
Rise & Shine: Can Detroit be the ‘best city in America’ for teachers?
Good morning! Teachers were scrambling this week to get their classrooms ready for the first day of school on Tuesday.
August 3, 2018
Rise & Shine: Why the district’s new Parent Academy is making some changes
Good morning! Summer is already half over and I know I’m not the only parent in Detroit looking ahead to the…
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
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.
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.
May 4, 2018
Week in review: Would ‘special education’ by any other name be the same?
Most educators working in urban schools know that many of their students face challenges at home. But a $3 million grant from…
May 2, 2018
‘It opened everything up.’ How school home visits are changing relationships in Detroit
Home visits by teachers and principals are popular across the country. But in Detroit, the stakes are higher.
April 27, 2018
Week in review: How to build a successful school if you’ve never worked in one
We took an inside look this week at a new program that aims to tackle one of the major impediments to creating great…
April 25, 2018
Eight things to know about Detroit’s big math and reading curriculum shift
Here’s what we know about the new materials and what we’ll be watching for in the months ahead.
April 24, 2018
As a global robotics competition descends on Detroit, few local students are included — for now
“Robotics coming to DPSCD high schools in the fall,” Vitti wrote in a tweet Monday afternoon. “New programming. Stay tuned!”
April 13, 2018
Week in review: Getting over that ‘F’ on the Nation’s Report Card
The reports early this week about Detroit’s last-place ranking among big city school districts on a national exam is…
April 10, 2018
Detroit schools ranked worst on national exam — again. But is there hope that things can improve?
Not only did students in the city’s main district rank dead last — for the fifth time — among major cities in every subject, but their scores dropped even lower than the rock-bottom numbers Detroit fourth-graders posted the last time they took the exam in 2015.
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