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detroit in depth
November 29, 2018
‘If we don’t learn from this one, shame on us’: Lessons from a Detroit charter school that was set up to fail
The closure of this charter school is a cautionary tale for Michigan, where Betsy DeVos has helped ensure that charter schools can open and close with little notice.
September 27, 2018
How do you make a better school? The Detroit Children’s Fund says start with principals — and $85 million
One of Detroit’s largest education philanthropies is expanding its presence in the city’s schools, laying out plans to spend upwards of $85 million…
August 30, 2018
Is Detroit ‘the best city in America for teachers’? City leaders are giving recruits a few more reasons to say ‘yes’
Hiring teachers in Detroit has long been fiercely competitive, with schools sweetening their offers with unusual financial perks in an effort to recruit…
Seats at the table
June 11, 2018
Meet the 11 people charged with helping Detroit’s district and charter schools work together, starting with a new bus loop
A mayoral commission designed to bring competitive district and charter schools together began to take shape on Monday. Speaking before television…
Calming the chaos
July 6, 2017
A year after the tearful demise of a proposed Detroit school oversight commission, backers seek another way to bring order to Detroit schools
The hope is that they can set aside their differences to collectively address issues such as enrollment and transportation that can be challenging for families in a city without a centralized school system.
May 8, 2017
A Detroit student speaks: ‘DPS has expanded my horizon for me to see a whole new world.’
KrisTia Maxwell says Detroit public schools have helped make her the active, successful student she’s become.
May 1, 2017
The secret to her child’s success in Detroit schools was getting involved, letting teachers know ‘that we were partners.’
Woods-Zende shared her Detroit school experience in a story booth outside the School Days storytelling event that was sponsored in March by Chalkbeat and the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
April 17, 2017
A Detroit student speaks: Her charter school promised college tours and art classes. They didn’t exist.
When parents and students tried to complain, they discovered that the school's authorizer was in Michigan’s Upper peninsula — a five-hour drive from Detroit.
April 10, 2017
A Detroit teacher speaks: The tragic reason why her students don’t always do their homework or come to class on time
Chalkbeat is looking to tell many more stories about Detroit parents, students, teachers.
To the rescue
June 14, 2016
After losing fight for Detroit school oversight, advocate says her side lost on politics, won on policy
A leading advocate for improving Detroit's schools says she's down but not defeated after lawmakers last week approved a Detroit Public Schools rescue package that lacked hoped-for reforms.
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