At Gompers Elementary-Middle School, located on Detroit’s northwest side, teachers and administrators came together to address the issue of chronic absenteeism, when students miss more than 18 days of school.
Detroit and other districts face some tough decisions about which programs and employees they can afford to keep once federal support is gone, and they’re under pressure to map out their spending quickly.
The Detroit school district’s poor performance on NAEP, better known as “the nation’s report card,” adds new urgency to its long-term reform efforts, which seek to bolster student achievement, test scores and attendance rates
Literacy advocate Rachel Vitti has left her position with Beyond Basics, which received a multi-million-dollar tutoring contract for Detroit schools. Her position at the nonprofit was disclosed to the education board before the contract was approved.
Even superintendents who championed returning students to classrooms in Michigan are finding it difficult to keep doors open full-time this year amid staff shortages, outbreaks and behavioral issues. Critics say schools should do more.