Detroit

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Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit won’t be undercounted in 2020 Census

March 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.

Detroit’s decrepit schools could stall city comeback. Does Lansing care?

February 26, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit gets a credit upgrade, but analysts and experts warn that a $1.4 billion school maintenance bill will explode into a crisis unless lawmakers take action.

Slideshow: See the sorry state of Osborn High School in Detroit

February 26, 2019 | Anthony Lanzilote

Broken windows, crumbling ceiling tiles and faulty heating system. That’s life on Detroit’s east side, and the condition of it and other school could hinder the city’s comeback.

Detroit must build its middle class to make its comeback

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.

Detroit is doing better. How much? That’s where experts disagree.

February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.

Detroit has another charter commission. Just don’t ask why.

January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.

Baby, it’s cold outside, and new rules make it harder to get help in Michigan

December 13, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez

Each year, Michigan helps 122,000 families keep the heat on when bills rise too high. This year, the state is enforcing controversial asset tests meant to crack down on fraud.

Detroit wants to extend comeback to neighborhoods. So far, it’s a slow go.

November 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s marquee project to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood is far behind schedule. What does that mean for the rest of the city?

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. 

Forum to seek solutions to Detroit’s problems with frequent school moves

November 7, 2018 | Bridge Staff

School officials and experts to gather Nov. 15 to discuss issues highlighted in joint report by Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat. Program will be aired later on WDET-FM and Detroit Public Television.

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.

Detroit studying whether to shut water in underpopulated neighborhoods

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Rising costs, aging infrastructure: Are closing taps to abandoned blocks the answer? Detroit is amid a study to find out.

In Detroit, surviving without running water has become a way of life

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

New records show more than 1,500 occupied homes never had water restored this year after disconnections for nonpayment. That’s at least 1 in 10 shutoffs this year from Detroit’s aggressive collections.

$100 million for waterfront a boon to Detroit, will connect to state trails

October 18, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park

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.

Slideshow | A closer look at the students at Bethune School in Detroit

October 1, 2018 | Bridge Staff

View photos of the students who were in eighth grade in homeroom 8B last school year. On average, they had attended four or more schools since kindergarten.

Five ways to reduce harm of students frequently changing schools

October 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, 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

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

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

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