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April 26, 2018
Robotics is bringing Betsy DeVos to Detroit for the first time as education secretary
She’s unlikely to encounter local students when she’s there, though.
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
home sweet home
July 24, 2017
‘Finally! Something useful’ or a dangerous mistake? Detroiters respond to city’s housing deal for teachers
Some readers had high hopes for the deal, but others questioned who really benefits.
February 6, 2017
School Days: Share your Detroit education story
Five storytellers will be selected to work side-by-side with Satori Shakoor to take their story from the page to the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
February 3, 2017
Tennessee Democrats want opponents of DeVos nomination to call Alexander, Corker this weekend
As Monday's Senate confirmation vote approaches, the battle heats up over the embattled nominee for U.S. education secretary.
DeVos and Detroit
January 31, 2017
Senator: ‘Not a single person on this panel, if they could avoid it, would allow their kid to attend’ Detroit schools
Detroit schools have so many problems that a U.S. Senator charged Tuesday that his colleagues would never consider the city’s schools for their own kids.
January 23, 2017
Two decades ago I opted out of public schools in Detroit for my family. Now I’m choosing to focus on them
There have been many changes in Detroit schools since I chose a school for my son in 1994, but the problem of being a parent here is essentially the same.
December 15, 2016
After state delays timeline, anxious Michigan schools must wait until next year to learn their fate
The delay keeps the schools in the dark longer about whether they could face sanctions, including closure.
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.
September 30, 2016
Week in Review: An emotional fight and a school that aims to be a jewel
The fate of struggling schools in Detroit’s main school district appears destined for an emotional legal battle. Read on for all of this week's education headlines.
Back to school
August 29, 2016
Most buildings repaired — but as many as 200 teaching jobs unfilled — as new Detroit public district approaches the first day of school
All but eight of the 94 school buildings in Michigan’s largest district are now in full compliance with city health and safety codes, officials said.
August 29, 2016
Adding to swirl of uncertainty, Detroit’s mayor says the state can’t close local schools
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says state officials are wrong: They can’t close public schools in Detroit this year based on past test scores.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
In Detroit and across the U.S., school district borders segregate in a dramatic way
The starkest dividing line in the country separates Detroit from neighboring Grosse Pointe Schools, according to the report.
April 8, 2016
Six hours, eight buses: The extreme sacrifice Detroit parents make to access better schools
A mismatch between where students live and where schools in Detroit are located means some kids travel for their education and others stay behind in schools with weaker community ties.
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