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Staying in school
July 11, 2018
Detroit students ‘making mistakes’ will get a second chance as district opens new alternative school
Detroit students whose discipline issues have proved too much for their schools to handle finally have a way to stay in school in…
Certified — but ready?
July 9, 2018
Strapped for teachers, Detroit district looks to controversial teacher training programs
Faced with a daunting shortage of certified teachers, leaders of Detroit’s main district say they may have no choice but to hire educators…
July 2, 2018
No recess is the norm for 6,000 Detroit students. Here’s how that could change.
Add recess to the list of basics that students have done without in Detroit. A generation of Detroit children raised in…
June 20, 2018
A parent hotline is among fixes promised for special education in Detroit schools
It is a stunning number: roughly one-sixth of students in Detroit’s main school district have learning disabilities or…
June 14, 2018
Recruiting when your team is full of ‘detractors’: As the Detroit district searches for talent, most of its employees aren’t on board
Michigan’s largest school district has its share of critics, from lawmakers pushing for school closures to families who…
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
May 31, 2018
‘Sweatbox’ conditions close aging Detroit schools a third day as board member seeks help
Poor building conditions consistently hamper educating and providing safe environments for district's students, board member Sonya Mays said
May 30, 2018
Detroit schools chief sees come-from-behind victories in district’s future
Detroit's main district can win, but it will take some time, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told an audience at the Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday
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
Casting their lines
May 9, 2018
‘Come help these babies.’ Inside the Detroit district’s long-shot effort to end a crippling teacher shortage
Detroit's main district is looking for teachers who are ready, willing and able to teach.
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
Getting from good to great
April 26, 2018
Many Detroit educators have never worked in a high-performing school. This program imports coaches who have
The program brings advisors into Detroit schools to provide intensive coaching to principals, assistant principals, deans and other top administrators. The coaches work with school leaders together as a team to collectively create improvement plans, then work to implement them.
April 20, 2018
Week in review: When homework takes longer than everyone would like
Few students – and fewer parents — love doing homework. This week, the Detroit district board began considering a policy that would set…
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
March 26, 2018
Does your child’s school have a gym teacher? Hundreds of Michigan schools do not. Here’s the list.
Across the state about 500 schools — roughly 1 in 5 — do not have certified gym teachers.
March 21, 2018
‘Trust is being built’ as foundation invests in programs to support Detroit parents and students
The initiative includes a parent academy that will serve 7,000 parents.
March 19, 2018
Detroit school chief wants to eliminate small high schools at Cody, Carson, and Mumford
Vitti says consolidating the schools would save the district almost $2 million.
March 12, 2018
Detroit students filed a lawsuit seeking the right to an equal education — 18 months later, they’re still in legal limbo
The case sits in legal limbo.
March 9, 2018
Week in review: An injustice to the children of Detroit
Middle schoolers in Detroit’s main district have been taking pre-algebra classes that have “virtually no relationship” to the state’s mathematics standards. In kindergarten…
Caps and gowns
February 27, 2018
Unsatisfied with Detroit ‘college-readiness’ rate, Vitti lays out ideas for changing the district’s culture
Detroit high school students could soon have access to makeup courses, more guidance counselors, and color-coded wristbands signifying their skills.
February 23, 2018
Week in Review: New programs, new plans, new questions
Two of our stories this week highlight new programs that could soon be offered in Detroit’s main district. Among them: a proposal to…
Cap and gown
February 21, 2018
Graduation rates in Michigan – and Detroit’s main district — are up, but are most students ready for college?
Slightly more than 80 percent of the state’s high school students graduated last year but graduation rate is not necessarily a great measure of school success.
February 16, 2018
Week in Review: Chilling news
It was a busy week on the education beat with news emerging from a schedule packed with education town halls, state and city…
February 2, 2018
Week in review: A new start for Head Start
We reported this week on the frantic push to create new Head Start programs for hundreds of young…
January 26, 2018
Week in review: The wake of the wake-up call
News that teachers in Detroit’s main school district might soon have to disclose their side jobs…
Mid-year progress report
January 24, 2018
Higher reading scores predicted for Detroit’s third-graders, but superintendent warns ‘a lot can happen’ before final exams
Nikolai Vitti says the district’s youngest students are moving in the right direction in reading — but he warned not to expect improvements in math this year.
January 18, 2018
Detroit district moves beyond test scores for admittance to elite high schools like Cass Tech and Renaissance
An admissions team will use a score card that gives students points in various categories including test scores, grades and essays.
January 8, 2018
Facing aging, crumbling and half-empty buildings, Detroit school board to consider $945,000 review of district properties
The district is reviewing the conditions of its buildings before making decisions about which buildings should get renovations — and which ones might need to be closed.
January 5, 2018
Week in Review: The Detroit story dubbed a ‘Tale From the Public School Crypt’
Happy New Year, Chalkbeat Detroit readers! It was a quiet week for education news as many city schools remained closed for winter break…
December 22, 2017
Week in Review: Nowhere to hide while trying to improve schools
As 2017 careens to a close, Detroit school leaders have been summoned to district headquarters to explain, one by one, what they’re doing…
the hot seat
December 18, 2017
Five minutes in the hot seat: For Detroit school principals, there’s ‘nowhere to hide’ in new district data chats
the goal of these sessions is not to criticize school leaders, or to shame them problems they can’t fully control. It's to figure out what schools need — and find ways for the district to support them.
Struggling Detroit schools
December 5, 2017
A Detroit district plan would allow ‘master teachers’ to coach less experienced colleagues and reduce class sizes
The program will enable schools to have model classrooms where less experienced teachers can go to watch master teachers work.
Detroit week in review
November 3, 2017
Detroit week in review: Payrolls and proficiency
Almost half of Detroit district schools could potentially be on the closure list.
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