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Right to read
November 28, 2018
Historic suit over poor conditions in Detroit schools gets new backers, fresh hope
Six months after a federal judge dismissed a historic federal right-to-literacy lawsuit, a stream of experts and advocates have filed briefs supporting the continuation of the lawsuit.
November 5, 2018
Before you vote for governor or school board, read our education voter guide
Election day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the winners of key races could have far-reaching ramifications for schools in Detroit and across the state.
Out of town
October 11, 2018
Just a quarter of Detroit students attend schools in their own neighborhoods. The rest commute.
Two decades after Michigan created dozens of school choice options for students in Detroit, a new report finds that just a quarter of students are now attending the school nearest to their home.
October 8, 2018
As governor, Bill Schuette would consider ‘all options’ for struggling schools, including closings
Schuette stopped short of saying that he would actively close schools down but he has supported school closings in the past.
October 3, 2018
Michigan gubernatorial candidates Schuette, Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools
One day after an investigation by Chalkbeat and Bridge Magazine found 1 in 3 Detroit elementary students switched schools every year, candidates Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer said their education plans could help.
August 29, 2018
Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking
Despite years of education reform, millions of dollars in targeted spending, scores on the M-STEP sank even lower this past school year in most grades and test subjects.
August 8, 2018
Rise & Shine: The votes are in. See where the winners stand on education
PHOTO: Anthony Lanzilote The race to become Michigan’s next governor officially entered the crucial next phase last night when Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and…
And then there were two
August 7, 2018
Michigan’s governor’s race will be Whitmer vs. Schuette. Here’s where they stand on education
The winner of the general election on November 6 will likely have an enormous impact on education across the state in coming years.
on the issues
August 3, 2018
What’s at stake for Detroit students in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary
The future of Detroit schools is on the line this election cycle, and it starts not with the school board election in November…
Where they stand
Updated July 27, 2018
Where candidates for governor in Michigan stand on major education issues
To see where major party candidates stand on crucial education issues, Chalkbeat joined with our partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative to ask candidates for their views on school funding, early childhood education, and paying for college.
in their own words
July 19, 2018
Watch candidates who want to be Michigan’s next governor explain how they would fix state schools
Chalkbeat and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative sat down this month with six of the major candidates for governor to discuss a range of issues facing the state.
January 19, 2017
Dozens of Michigan schools could get some tough news Friday
Dozens of struggling Michigan schools could get some dreaded news Friday morning when the state releases its annual top-to-bottom school rankings. The annual list comes…
September 28, 2016
Here’s which Detroit schools could be closed, as confusion about their future deepens
What happens next in the whiplash-inducing school closure fight remains unclear and seems likely to end up in the courts. Here’s what we know — and what we still don’t.
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