Koby Levin


As Detroit schools rebuild, a veteran and aviation academy show a way forward

September 17, 2019 | Koby Levin

Backers of Davis Aerospace Technical Academy refused to allow Detroit to shut one of the only high schools in the nation to train aviation mechanics. Their success suggests a disconnect between Detroiters and their schools is beginning to mend.

Detroit district test scores gain on Michigan’s, but there’s a long way to go

August 29, 2019 | Koby Levin

Taken at face value, the M-STEP results leave plenty of room for concern. But figures are up significantly from last year, and individual Detroit schools made double-digit point gains, in some cases exceeding the state average.

Amid literacy crisis, Michigan’s school librarians have all but disappeared

August 14, 2019 | Koby Levin

Michigan ranks 47th nationwide in school librarians per pupil. Legislation in Lansing proposes that each school have at least one.


Benton Harbor crisis a tipping point for Gretchen Whitmer, school takeovers

July 22, 2019 | Koby Levin

The fate of Benton Harbor schools could foreshadow the fate of other Michigan school districts facing high debt and low student achievement

Michigan desperate for Pre-K educators. And pays them poverty wages.

June 19, 2019 | Koby Levin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans for free preschool for all 4-year-olds depends on attracting more qualified teachers. That may be difficult since many make less than workers at McDonald’s.

These foundations have poured millions into Detroit childcare. They’re ready to ‘accelerate’.

May 31, 2019 | Koby Levin

A philanthropic initiative is pumping millions into childcare in Detroit — and hiring someone to accelerate the process.

Betsy DeVos: Michigan doesn’t have enough school choice

May 6, 2019 | Koby Levin

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says Michigan needs more choice, despite mixed record of charter schools.

Andre Agassi championed this Detroit charter school. Can it survive?

April 3, 2019 | Koby Levin

Southwest Detroit Community School opened with high hopes and deep funding in 2013. But the charter school has suffered a revolving door of teachers and administrators, and parents are leaving in droves.

Forum proposes 5 ways to fix Detroit's problems with frequent school changes

November 16, 2018 | Koby Levin

A Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat forum searches for solutions to fix Detroit's persistent problems with students changing classes. 

As governor, Whitmer would create a ‘Detroit-specific strategy’ for K-12 education

October 26, 2018 | Koby Levin

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she would push for increased regulation of charter schools in Detroit if elected in November.

Bill Schuette, Gretchen Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools

October 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Koby Levin

Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.

M-STEP results trouble for most struggling schools in Detroit, statewide

August 29, 2018 | Koby Levin

Detroit schools saw just a small fraction of its students post a passing score in English Language Arts and math. But new leaders say their changes are only now starting to be implemented.

How deep are budget cuts at Detroit schools? Some can’t afford recess.

July 10, 2018 | Koby Levin

A decade of funding cuts have eliminated play time at Detroit schools serving 6,000 kids. But new leaders say hiring more teachers should eliminate the problem.