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Detroit week in review
August 25, 2017
Week in review: Vittis take center stage as they encourage parents to help improve Detroit schools
Schools chief starts the process of setting a new strategy for Detroit schools
July 28, 2017
Week in review: A raise for some Detroit teachers — no pay for others
The situation at the Detroit charter school where teachers won’t get their summer paychecks is a reminder about…
May 1, 2017
The secret to her child’s success in Detroit schools was getting involved, letting teachers know ‘that we were partners.’
Woods-Zende shared her Detroit school experience in a story booth outside the School Days storytelling event that was sponsored in March by Chalkbeat and the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
February 28, 2017
Detroit lawsuit stops just short of accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of bribery
The suit seeks potentially millions of dollars from the billionaire Michigan philanthropist, asserting that she used campaign contributions to kill a controversial education commission.
February 16, 2017
How bad timing and poisonous politics killed a $700,000 effort to streamline school enrollment in Detroit
Despite the more than $700,000 and countless hours of planning that went into creating a single application for Detroit’s competing district and charter schools, the effort has been put on hold indefinitely — a victim of bad timing, poor planning, and a toxic political environment.
DeVos and Detroit
January 16, 2017
Can Betsy DeVos be blamed for the state of Detroit’s schools? What you need to know
Critics assert that Michigan charter schools can open wherever they want, shut down without notice and operate with less oversight than charters in some other parts of the country but DeVos defenders say she’s created educational opportunities for families that otherwise wouldn’t have had them.
Right to read
January 12, 2017
Detroit children blast governor over ‘blaming students’ for failing schools
Lawyers for the children responded Thursday that Snyder and other state officials named in the suit were seeking to “evade responsibility by any means possible.”
November 30, 2016
Detroit just created its first intentionally diverse charter school. Here’s why it might not stay that way
The path to sustaining a diverse charter school in Detroit is cratered with legal and political complications, restrictive state laws, unpredictable parents and the painful history of inequality in one of the nation’s most segregated cities.
October 28, 2016
Week in Review: Why school board candidates might struggle to pass a credit check
“It was just one of those times in life. I was a single mom. I was just trying to juggle my bills with raising my three kids.”
September 23, 2016
Week In Review: Teaching and learning in the ‘worst’ city
Detroit’s main school district is still struggling to recruit teachers and enroll more students, but leaders say they remain hopeful about the new school year.
September 8, 2016
Facing an uncertain future, a principal and his staff have one year to prove their school should survive
The Academy’s fate will be decided by a new Detroit school board that will be elected this fall and by the state School Reform Office, which has threatened to close low-performing schools across the state.
September 1, 2016
Most Detroit schools are off the chopping block for now, but these 5 charter schools could still close
Dozens of low-performing Detroit schools that faced possible closure next spring may have gotten a stay of execution from Gov. Rick Snyder this week — but these five charter schools are still on the hot seat.
By the numbers
August 30, 2016
Sinking test scores won’t help Detroit Public Schools as closure threat looms
The results from the 2016 M-STEP, released Tuesday, offer little good news for Michigan’s largest school district.
July 27, 2016
Detroit’s vicious cycle: Why national education groups aren’t coming to help some of the country’s most troubled schools
With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money.
June 27, 2016
Does Detroit’s new law mean district schools are more likely to be shut down than charter schools?
New laws enacted as part of the DPS rescue package have put a bullseye on the backs of dozens of Detroit schools.
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