Erin Einhorn

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Bill Schuette says failing schools must improve or face consequences

October 8, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

The Republican candidate for governor said in an interview he wants to reward improving schools with more funds. For those that aren’t: every option is on the table.

Five ways to reduce harm of students frequently changing schools

October 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Erin Einhorn

Streamlining records, expanding transportation, improving staffing are some of the ways schools can improve when populations frequently change.

When students leave Detroit schools, staff often has no clue where they go.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Dozens of different companies operate schools in Detroit and rarely share information, so educators often don’t know if children transferred or are in grave danger.

Detroit makes it easy to switch schools. So parents do. Frequently.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

A survey shows that parents cite desire for better education as top reason for switching schools. But a plethora of choice is a big reason why Detroit schools suffer.

In Detroit, students never say goodbye. That’s a heartbreak for teachers.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Highly transient populations in Detroit make classroom cohesion difficult, adding yet another challenge atop many others for teachers.

The children of 8B: Choice, school hopping brings ‘chaos’ to Detroit classrooms

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

One in three elementary school students changes schools every year in Detroit, a city with so many school options that choice has become a big reason test scores are so low.

A year in with a new superintendent, a skeptical Detroit teacher has hope

June 5, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

A veteran first-grade teacher has seen her classroom shrink from 37 students to 23, and teachers now have more time to plan lessons.

Detroit is ranked worst on the national exam. Again. Can schools improve?

April 10, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

In 2015, Detroit posted the worst NAEP test scores in the nation. Two years later, scores are worse.

Detroit schools' outdated curriculum sets students up to fail, audit finds

April 3, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

The Detroit school district has been using a curriculum that’s ‘an injustice to the children of Detroit’ — but it’s not alone.

Sweeping study proposes major changes to how Michigan schools are funded

February 8, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

Group wants more money for students living in poverty and disabilities. But will it fly?

Can this Detroit principal help students learn quickly enough to save her school?

December 12, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

The state has placed more than three dozen struggling schools on notice: Improve, or else. Can Alisanda Woods beat the clock?

A fight for teachers weakens Detroit schools.

November 30, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Teacher shortages and poaching of talent among traditional and charter schools hurts students in the low-performing school district.

Detroit schools compete for teachers. As usual, the students suffer.

October 26, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Rampant turnover has schools yearning for teachers and turning to bonuses and penalties. Research shows the instability is bad for kids.

No time for sleep. Nikolai Vitti has a school district to save in Detroit (slideshow)

September 14, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Detroit’s new superintendent only gets three hours’ sleep per night. There’s no time to waste if he’s going to fix a district pushed to the brink.

Just another Tuesday for 37 first-graders with no music or art or gym

June 15, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

This is what it’s like to teach in a classroom with too many children, books that don’t arrive until March, and no help because there not enough teachers.

Eight ways Detroit’s new schools chief can succeed

April 27, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Nikolai Vitti, the incoming superintendent from Florida, faces some age-old Detroit problems: overcrowded classrooms, historically low student achievement, and the burden of replacing a popular predecessor. Here’s what insiders suggest he should tackle first.