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Superintendent Nikolai Vitti
3 hours ago
‘Trust is being built’ as foundation invests in programs to support Detroit parents and students
Anna Hightower didn’t know what to think when her daughter, Jasmine, wanted permission to invite her teachers to visit their home in…
2 days ago
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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