District management

Researchers say it will take years to catch up; individualized instruction accelerates gains
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The first Wednesday in October is a crucial day for school districts to maximize state funding, but this year it coincides with the holiest day of the Jewish year.
School board members noted the challenges of leading the district through the pandemic in upholding their “effective” rating of Vitti.
More than 60% of Michigan’s teaching workforce is over the age of 40, and the pipeline of new candidates is running low.
During her tenure as Detroit deputy superintendent, Iranetta Wright oversaw the daily operations of the district’s 107 schools, including managing principals, counseling services, discipline, public safety, and athletics.
Michigan’s pupil accounting rules allow six school closures per year known as “forgiven days.” They’re most often used for snow, but with staff shortages, COVID-outbreaks, and threats of school violence, districts are draining their pool of forgiven days.
Vaccines and testing reduce the spread of COVID, which is disrupting student learning and families’ lives.
Some districts have asked for community priorities and promised to keep the public informed about spending. Other districts have put in less effort.
Johannesburg-Lewiston schools shut for a week due to pandemic issues. Such closures jeopardize state funding.
After a school year in which few security guards were needed, the Detroit school district is looking to boost pay and host job fairs to recruit more applicants.
The Detroit school board approved a comprehensive restructuring plan during its Wednesday monthly meeting.
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the school won’t be affected in the long run by Monge’s departure.
A growing number of studies suggest that students are more likely to attend school, pay attention in class, and sleep more if school starts later.