Detroit Journalism Cooperative
Detroit school conditions are sickening, so teachers called in sick. Now it’s the state’s responsibility to make it right.
The legislature probably didn’t intend for its impact to fall disproportionately on Michigan's residents of color, but it has. Now is the time to investigate fixing it
Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.
The stark inequality between Michigan’s rich and poor schools is the greatest obstacle to learning. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit, where teacher sick-outs have put a spotlight on the terrible conditions in which children must learn
A state-of-the-art water contaminant warning system protected more than 4 million people in southeast Michigan. But a few years back, communities began to pull out of the network, to save money. After Flint, was that a mistake?
Southeast Michigan has tried, and failed, to craft a functional public-transit system that works – many times. Leaders hope the RTA’s master plan, to be revealed this spring, will turn the tide
The lawmakers charged with repairing the damage to the city’s schools should know it has roots that go back to the 19th century – even before the Civil War
Detroit will improve its chronically low-performing schools when the system focuses more on proven, consistent academic reforms and less on changes to its power structure.
Both the city and the state will benefit from a collaboration from stakeholders dedicated to improving education in the state’s largest city.
A long-overdue talk on race won’t yield results in the gleaming corridors of the Grand Hotel. The powers that be need to get out of their comfort zone and into city neighborhoods for any real discussion, and change, to take shape.
Equality isn’t a zero-sum game. It’s good for everybody, everywhere in Michigan. And couldn’t we use a little more of that?
Oversight, done skillfully, is essential for effective bipartisan work. Promoting, teaching and demonstrating it is the goal for the Levin Center, named for Michigan’s recently retired U.S. senator.
The state is in the midst of yet another fix for Detroit’s troubled schools. So this spring, Bridge spent time in William Weir’s social studies classroom to get a sense for what works, and what doesn’t, for one Detroit teacher.
For third- and fourth-graders with limited reading skills, a teacher must take creative measures to make lessons stick.
Budget deficits in Detroit mean even larger class sizes come this fall. Will Mr. Weir meet the challenge for his young students?
If something isn’t done to remove the crushing debt faced by city schools, Detroit’s most vulnerable students will be stuck with the bill.
See how much ground the middle class has lost in every Michigan county since buying power peaked, in an interactive map that confirms what you’ve feared when you pay your monthly bills.
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Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.
Roughly 40 percent of state funds meant to educate Detroit students are being diverted to service past debts incurred by the district. This is not fair to a big city student population already ranked last in the nation.