Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

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After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

October 26, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit Financial Review Commission voted Monday to release the Detroit Public Schools Community District from state financial oversight until the end of 2021, a crucial step in the district’s efforts to control its budget and finances.

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

August 28, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit district and the union had been at odds over safe working conditions for teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal comes about a week after union members voted to allow leadership to launch a safety strike if certain demands weren’t met.

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

August 24, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

School principals began asking teachers last week if they prefer to teach in person or remotely. Classes resume Sept. 8 for the district’s 51,000 students.

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

August 19, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The “yes” vote means union members could now walk if the district doesn’t abandon its plan to provide in-person learning to some students whose parents chose that option.

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

July 13, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

Protestors blocked buses from picking up children in Detroit Monday, in a tense scene that captured the struggle between education and safety amidst a pandemic.