Here are eight ideas parents, providers, and lawmakers have for improving Michigan’s child care system
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Students will learn the history of federally run Indian boarding schools that once tried to erase Indigenous culture
National charter school operators have largely avoided confronting the immense student need, fierce competition, and low regulation that characterize the school landscape in Detroit.
District seeks to recover lost ground in achievement, attendance and enrollment
At Mark Twain School for Scholars and University Preparatory Academy Elementary School, there was a sense of optimism about the school year
Chronic absenteeism, enrollment losses, facility upgrades, and a school board election are among key issues Chalkbeat Detroit will be prioritizing this school year
Our Chalkbeat Detroit team includes a soccer player, a record collector, a Ms. Pac Man aficionado, a sewing enthusiast, and an election worker
Higher salaries and new pay scale policy contribute to recruiting gains
Masking, routine testing and other precautions will be relaxed this school year
Jason Strayhorn resigned last month, citing family reasons. He faces accusations of financial mismanagement at his property management company.
School board members noted the challenges of leading the district through the pandemic in upholding their “effective” rating of Vitti.
Republicans view the plan as election-year pandering and are unlikely to pass it before kids go back to school.
The scramble for Montessori seats is in some senses a welcome sign for the Detroit Public Schools Community District
Programs fast-track training, but some worry that they risk shortchanging students
District taps COVID relief funds to support family-friendly Summer on the Block events, summer programming and door-to-door outreach
Supporters say the program would empower parents, but critics say the scholarships could undermine traditional public schools

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Superintendent Nikolai Vitti faces questions on the district’s choices on tutoring programs
Michigan parents have until Aug. 5 to apply to be on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new council. One Republican calls it a gimmick.
Whitmer signed a $19.6 billion budget that includes $1.9 billion for services for students with disabilities. It also funds mental health, school safety, and recruitment efforts.
I never learned about Stonewall. It’s past time schools take queer history and culture seriously.
Bills on teaching race, paying student teachers, creating dyslexia programs were awaiting action
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The failed resolution will likely be back before the Detroit school board in July
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The package contains minor procedural fixes and major changes in how the state supports small, home-based providers.
Districts have once again beefed up their summer programming, from credit recovery to camps focused on robotics and sports.
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High school students in Highland Park have had to enroll in Detroit and nearby suburban schools
The board heard calls from teachers and members of the public for tighter safety standards in light of national and local incidents of weapons in schools and social media threats.
Lawmakers also consider subsidizing tuition for education majors who agree to stay in Michigan
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The legislation is one part of a strategy to alleviate a growing teacher shortage in many districts
Reading lists should reflect many different people and experiences.
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The legislation is expected to pass out of the Republican-controlled legislature, but faces likely opposition from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
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The district appears to be doing much of what experts say is critical to the success of such programs. But can it be sustained?
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Tuesday’s temperatures approached 90 degrees, prompting district officials to dismiss schools hours early as a majority of school buildings lack air conditioning.
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Vitti recommends against metal detectors for all schools, citing concern about ‘prison type of environment’