As an education reporter, I don’t often spend much time interviewing people in hospitals. But I spent a day last month following a medical team at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn with the dean of the school of education at the University of Michigan. She has been studying the way doctors are trained to find ways to improve teacher training.
Emerging from that work is a new teaching school — like a teaching hospital — where future educators will do internships and student teaching, then stay on for three years as “residents,” getting a full teacher’s salary, plus ongoing support from their professors and from seasoned teachers. That school could open in or near Detroit as soon as next year. Read my story on it here.
Also, we were part of a team of journalists that sat down with six of the major candidates on the ballot in next month’s gubernatorial primary to get their views on major issues affecting the state. Read candidates’ answers to key education questions here — or watch the full videos of candidates talking about education.
— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief
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TEACHING SCHOOL Details for the K-12 school where the University of Michigan plans to start training and supporting new teachers are still being worked out but one option is to partner with the main Detroit district. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said he’s been in “active conversations” about the possibility. Chalkbeat
CANDIDATES Some candidates on the August 7 gubernatorial primary ballot in Michigan want the state to stop paying for preschool and childcare. Others want to make a couple years of college free. Read the responses from six gubernatorial candidates to major questions about education. Chalkbeat
WATCH Gubernatorial candidates were interviewed on camera for an hour by members of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a network of six news organizations. Chalkbeat posted the education portion of those interviews, while our DJC partners have full interviews on a range of topics including transportation, the environment and marijuana. (We also asked what kind of cars they drive and their favorite Michigan authors.) Chalkbeat Bridge WDET DPTV Michigan Radio Detroit Journalism Cooperative
SOCIAL STUDIES As the controversy continues over proposed changes to state social studies standards, the state education department has added six more “listen and learn” meetings. Michigan Department of Education
NEW LIFE A building that once housed an elementary school in northwest Detroit is getting a new life as affordable housing for seniors. WDIV
LEAD Michigan is not among states that require schools to test for lead in their drinking water. Michigan Radio
LATIN A summer camp for Detroit students is a precursor to a private K-12 Detroit Latin School that hopes to open in the city next year. The Detroit News
PRIVATE A lawsuit over whether state funds can flow to private schools is moving to federal court. Associated Press