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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…
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…
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 —…
June 12, 2018
Are Detroit schools making progress towards state benchmarks? Either way, the stakes are rising
Test results released on Tuesday suggest that 14 Detroit schools are not on track to meet student achievement targets set last year to…
June 6, 2018
Detroit district tests drinking water after lead or copper discovered in 6 schools
Water will be tested for lead and other toxins in 106 Detroit district schoools
The mayor's role
May 24, 2018
Duggan’s schools commission has already brought charter and district leaders to the table. Here’s what else it can do (and what it can’t)
For the first time in years, Detroit’s mayor will have a small hand in shaping education in the city. A new…
May 23, 2018
One Detroit principal keeps his job as others get the ax. Next year’s challenge? Test scores.
Educators and staff from a Detroit middle school took the microphone on Tuesday evening to save their principal’s job. Addressing the school board,…
Is Lemmons leaving?
May 16, 2018
Detroit school board member Lemmons weighs leaving, slams colleagues he says listen to special interests
Name recognition could help Detroit school board member LaMar Lemmons in his run for Senate. If not, he'll run for board re-election
What's in a name?
April 18, 2018
Detroit has schools named for a slaveholder, a convicted former politician, and a Trump cabinet member. Here’s how that might change.
Despite the passion fueling the debate over renaming schools like the Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine, members of the Detroit…
a temporary home
April 12, 2018
These students lost their school to a mold problem. Here’s how they’re doing in their new temporary digs
Five school buses line up outside the closed Palmer Park Preparatory Academy on Thursday morning. Hundreds of elementary students, in a flurry of…
buses or bust?
March 16, 2018
Mayor Duggan says bus plan encourages cooperation. Detroit school board committee wants more details.
Detroit’s school superintendent is asking for more information about the mayor’s initiative to create a joint bus route for charter and district students…
March 12, 2018
Teachers worried about mold in their Detroit elementary school refused to come to work on Monday
A Detroit elementary school was closed Monday after the vast majority of teachers called out of work over concerns that the building could…
January 9, 2018
New safeguards to be implemented following Detroit district’s $6.5 million snafu
A $6.5 million mistake made during schools chief Nikolai Vitti’s transition last summer has prompted a new system…
December 22, 2017
What would make 2018 the best yet for Detroit’s students? Nine leaders who care about education weigh in.
It been a year full of ups and down, but big challenges mean there are lots of opportunities for improvement.
December 21, 2017
Paperwork snafu cost Detroit school district $6.5 million in state funds
The error won't affect current students because the problem relates to the old Detroit Public Schools, which exists only to pay down legacy debt and no longer runs schools.
What's in a name?
December 12, 2017
Detroit has one of the nation’s only schools named for a Trump cabinet member. That name could change soon.
Among schools that could be affected by ending schools named after living people is the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.
The new boss
April 18, 2017
Detroit’s new schools chief will be Jacksonville, Florida, superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Vitti will take over the district by July 1 after the school board voted unanimously to offer him the job.
Week In Review
April 14, 2017
Week in review: Open Meetings Act violation postpones superintendent discussion
The Detroit school board now plans to discuss (and possibly vote on) the two finalists at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night
what you need to know
April 7, 2017
Week in Review: Pressure mounts on Detroit school board, charter growth slows, and more in this week’s news
We read the week's Detroit education news so you don't have to.
January 24, 2017
Dozens of struggling schools in Detroit are set to close — but nearby options for their students aren’t much better
There are very few schools with a 25 ranking or higher in financially struggling cities like Detroit where 25 schools serving roughly 12,000 kids are on the chopping block.
New Year New board
December 30, 2016
Detroit’s first empowered school board in years is gearing up for opening day — and a long to-do list
The new board faces a daunting to-do list including the possibility of legal action to stop school closures and crucial decisions about who should lead the district.
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