Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
November 20, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
The students who need in-person instruction the most are among the least likely to get it, new Michigan data shows.
‘How am I going to do this again?’: Michigan families squeezed as COVID cases skyrocket and classrooms shut down
November 17, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
The Troy School District in suburban Detroit shut down its in-person classrooms last week because of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Just like that, life for the Onyx family was back to impossible.
September 23, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
The coronavirus child care crunch is falling hardest on low-income families of color, many of whom work in-person jobs in sanitation, grocery, and health care that the state has defined as “essential.” When these families have young students learning online, many parents find that they have no safe place to send their children during the work day.
June 25, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
With Michigan facing a $2.39 billion shortfall in its education budget, schools across the state are bracing for what could be the largest cut in state history.
October 30, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
“These are the greatest gains that Detroit has seen since it started taking the assessment,” said one education expert.
September 17, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.
August 29, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.
August 14, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
Michigan ranks 47th nationwide in school librarians per pupil. Legislation in Lansing proposes that each school have at least one.
July 22, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
The fate of Benton Harbor schools could foreshadow the fate of other Michigan school districts facing high debt and low student achievement
June 19, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.
May 31, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
A philanthropic initiative is pumping millions into childcare in Detroit — and hiring someone to accelerate the process.
May 6, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says Michigan needs more choice, despite mixed record of charter schools.
April 3, 2019 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.
November 16, 2018 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
A Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat forum searches for solutions to fix Detroit's persistent problems with students changing classes.
October 26, 2018 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she would push for increased regulation of charter schools in Detroit if elected in November.
Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.
August 29, 2018 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.
July 10, 2018 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat
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.