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August 28, 2019
After a year, drinking water is flowing again in Detroit district schools
The Detroit school district has installed more than 500 water hydration stations to ensure students drink water free of high levels of lead or copper.
safe at school
August 27, 2019
Vitti to ICE: Keep off school property
The new policy means federal immigration officials won't be allowed to enter Detroit district schools without a warrant.
August 27, 2019
Some Michigan school districts delay spending — including hiring — as they wait for a new state budget
Michigan school leaders are calling on lawmakers to negotiate a budget deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so they can have some certainty about school funding.
Leadership & Management
August 20, 2019
Q&A with Detroit schools chief Vitti: ‘Some doors … are opening up to what DPSCD can do.’
Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, in a wide-ranging interview with Chalkbeat Detroit, talked about facilities, curriculum, and his dream job.
August 1, 2019
The Detroit school district sets the stage to improve in key areas such as enrollment, absenteeism
The Detroit district has set ambitious goals to hold themselves accountable to the coming year.
New hope for an old school?
June 20, 2019
Auto company investment brings promise — and yet another change — to a Detroit high school
The history of Detroit's Southeastern High School has mirrored the rise — and long, hard fall — of its near east side neighborhood. It is now on the cusp of change.
Third Grade Reading
June 3, 2019
As the school year winds down, a look at how Michigan’s third grade reading law will impact Detroit schools
Michigan law requires that beginning with the next school year, schools must hold back third graders who are a year or more behind grade level in reading.
May 22, 2019
In the fight to improve attendance, the Detroit district will try using vans to pick up absent students
The Detroit school district is trying to combat data that shows 70 percent of students were chronically absent during the last school year.
Getting them to school
April 23, 2019
Inside Detroit’s efforts to address one of the biggest obstacles to better schools: sky-high absenteeism
As the Detroit district tries to remake itself after years at the bottom of nearly every national school ranking, this is one of the problems it most needs to fix. Otherwise, the district’s other reforms, such as a new curriculum, won’t have a chance to make much impact.
April 18, 2019
$10 million later, this Detroit career technical center is ‘back into the light’
The $10 million investment in the Breithaupt Career Technical Center will help prepare students for high-demand jobs.
April 15, 2019
Thousands of Detroit students leave the city every day to go to school. A new study helps explain why.
A new study sheds light on why Detroit students are leaving the city for school.
April 11, 2019
After years of state control and oversight, the Detroit school district is on a path toward financial independence
The Detroit school district has been under state control or oversight for much of the last two decades.
State of schools
April 10, 2019
Vitti: Some teachers, principals should get performance-based pay for improving achievement
Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti touted district accomplishments and called for extra pay for some teachers and principals in a State of the Schools event Wednesday.
March 29, 2019
Teachers nationwide can now look to Detroit for help adopting a demanding new literacy curriculum
Teachers in the Detroit school district have piloted materials that will now be used nationwide.
March 28, 2019
With contract talks in the works, Detroit’s school leaders look to raise pay for veteran teachers
Detroit school district leaders want to increase pay for teachers, particularly for those at the top of the pay scale.
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