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Michigan Department of Education
April 5, 2019
Here are the five people who could land Michigan’s top education job
Three Michigan superintendents, the former head of Minnesota schools, and a Georgia school turnaround specialist. Those are the five applicants for the state…
March 27, 2019
Global climate change, gay rights, Roe v. Wade all make it back into Michigan’s social studies standards
Many of the topics that had been removed from Michigan's social studies standards have been revived in the current draft.
March 26, 2019
Last minute addition of A-F grading system by Michigan lawmakers may not meet federal guidelines
As deadline looms for rollout of A-F school accountability law in Michigan, new guidance says it conflicts with federal rules
January 10, 2019
Rise & Shine: State education leaders fear federal violations, and potential penalties, with A-F law
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your…
January 9, 2019
Could Michigan’s new A-F law cost the state federal funding?
It's been controversial from the start. But now there are questions about whether Michigan's new A-F law could cost the state federal funding.
Lost and found
October 2, 2018
At a Detroit school, two women become detectives when students stop showing up
One or two students leave Bethune Elementary-Middle School every week, but only a handful notify the school of their plans to leave. The rest have to be found.
October 2, 2018
5 ways to stop students from changing schools — or at least reduce the impact
Solving the damaging problem of Detroit students moving frequently between schools would require sweeping policy changes to both stabilize housing and improve the quality of public education. But schools and policymakers could also take simpler, smaller steps to help ease a crisis created when more than 1 in 3 elementary school students change schools every year.
September 21, 2018
Rise & Shine: Michigan to DeVos: Please give refugee students a break
Good morning! Refugee children who’ve fled wars in the Middle East in recent years must deal with the after effects…
September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
Scores of scores
April 4, 2018
The new state school scoring index is here. See how Detroit schools stacked up.
A new 0-100 state scoring system appears to be a fairer measure of how schools are doing, but…
March 30, 2018
Three more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership agreement list
Twenty-one struggling schools have been added to the state’s “partnership” program, including three charter schools in Detroit. The program identifies…
March 26, 2018
Does your child’s school have a gym teacher? Hundreds of Michigan schools do not. Here’s the list.
Across the state about 500 schools — roughly 1 in 5 — do not have certified gym teachers.
call for more
March 20, 2018
Almost half of Detroit district schools don’t have a gym teacher. Next year, that may change.
Since 10-year-old Hezekiah Haynesworth moved to his new school in the Detroit district, he’s always up out of his seat, talking to classmates and getting…
Set up to fail
March 8, 2018
The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.
Experts say that Detroit is among hundreds — possibly thousands — of districts across the country that are using textbooks and educational materials that are not aligned to state standards.
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