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December 14, 2018
Why the Detroit district is turning its adult ed centers into places where families can find helpful services
The creation of family hubs in the Detroit school district is part of rebuilding efforts there.
School letter grades
December 13, 2018
Lame duck Michigan lawmakers just voted on A-F grades for schools. Here’s what you need to know.
A bill that would mandate an A-F letter grading system would mean a new way of holding schools accountable, but it's garnered criticism
Literacy tutors needed
December 11, 2018
Detroit enlists volunteer tutors before third-grade reading law takes effect
Scores of Detroit students could be held back under Michigan's third-grade reading law. Can volunteer tutors help?
State of schools
December 6, 2018
Equitable school funding prompts a tense moment during Detroit’s second State of the Schools event
School funding was a hot topic at a forum, attended by nearly 250 people in Detroit, that was designed to help them understand the state of schools in the city.
State of the Schools
November 27, 2018
Detroit’s second State of the Schools address aims to answer ‘who makes decisions about our schools.’
The second annual event is scheduled for Thursday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will feature Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Rob Kimball, who chairs the Michigan charter school authorizers council.
November 16, 2018
Frequent school changes are hurting students. Here’s how Detroit’s educators want to fix the problem.
As Detroit education leaders gathered Thursday night to find solutions to the problem of students frequently changing schools, it was clear that the…
What's in a name?
November 13, 2018
Out with Ben Carson, in with Aretha Franklin? Detroit kicks off a school renaming process
Detroiters with ties to four city schools will soon have their say over the buildings’ names. The city school board on Tuesday…
November 7, 2018
Forum to seek solutions to Detroit’s problems with frequent school moves
The discussion, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library at 5201 Woodward, will be recorded and later aired on WDET's “Detroit Today” and DPTV's “American Black Journal.”
Making the grade
October 25, 2018
New A-F grades in Detroit could be painful, but will give schools credit for improvement
A new citywide education commission will soon start assigning A-F grades to every school in Detroit — the first time in years that schools in the city will get letter grades from a government entity.
October 9, 2018
Detroit district settles on long-term water fix, but major facilities issues remain
Detroit schools are getting new water filtration systems in the next year, a long-term solution to one piece of the district’s staggering school…
October 1, 2018
Rise & Shine: What could a new district school mean for the old ones?
The proposed Detroit Latin school is inspired by similar such schools in Boston and New York City. The leader of the effort helped establish the…
another new school?
September 28, 2018
In a bid to lure students back to Detroit, Vitti wants to open a new school focused on classical culture
Just two weeks after Detroit’s main district announced the opening of one new school, its superintendent is asking…
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.
Lost in Translation
August 13, 2018
Detroit superintendent promises Spanish translators, other fixes for ‘broken’ system
Spanish-speaking parents walked away with a list of promises from Vitti who says there’s a lot the district can do to better meet the needs of these families.
July 24, 2018
Rise & Shine: Join our conversation about special education in Detroit
No aspect of fixing Detroit schools is easy, but perhaps the most difficult challenge is the work of improving services for children…
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