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When students leave Detroit schools, staff often has no clue where they go.

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.

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.

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.

The children of 8B: Choice, school hopping brings ‘chaos’ to Detroit classrooms

The children of 8B: Choice, school hopping brings ‘chaos’ to Detroit classrooms

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt

One in three elementary school students changes schools every year in Detroit, a city with so many school options that choice has become a big reason test scores are so low.

National group is paying bail for poor jail defendants in Detroit

National group is paying bail for poor jail defendants in Detroit

September 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

The project, supported by Wayne County Jail officials, is part of a movement to eliminate cash bail to avoid disparities between those who can pay and those who can’t while they await their day in court.

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Samana Sheikh

As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.

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

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.

Poor people at risk of eviction as tax credits expire and Detroit revives

Poor people at risk of eviction as tax credits expire and Detroit revives

August 21, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit city officials, housing advocates and developers are scrambling to preserve low-income housing as tax credits expire in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Real estate is hot in Detroit. But its top owner, the city, isn’t selling.

Real estate is hot in Detroit. But its top owner, the city, isn’t selling.

August 21, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez, Leah Samuel

The Detroit Land Bank owns 20 percent of all residential property in the city. But just 3 percent of its holdings are for sale, frustrating would-be homeowners.

Rising rents. Falling wages. Detroit’s poor face housing crisis.

Rising rents. Falling wages. Detroit’s poor face housing crisis.

August 21, 2018 | Aaron Mondry

Away from Midtown, stable housing increasingly is becoming out of reach for the working poor.

Gretchen Whitmer officially taps Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate

Gretchen Whitmer officially taps Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate

August 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Whitmer’s announcement came as Democrats and Republicans prepare for their nominating conventions — and days after GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette named Kent County Clerk and former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons.  

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

August 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Joel Kurth

The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on problems plaguing cities

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on problems plaguing cities

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan governor candidates talk about how to solve city-specific problems related to revenue sharing, auto insurance reform, poverty and more.

Race, religion could decide who replaces John Conyers Jr. in Congress

Race, religion could decide who replaces John Conyers Jr. in Congress

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Six candidates vie Tuesday to succeed the civil rights icon from Michigan who stepped down last year. Here’s what voters need to know.

John Conyers’ son rejected again in bid for U.S. Congress

John Conyers’ son rejected again in bid for U.S. Congress

July 31, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Clerk says John Conyers III can’t run as an Independent. His last shot to fill his father’s seat would be a write-in campaign.

 It’s official: No vote this year for transit fixes in southeast Michigan

It’s official: No vote this year for transit fixes in southeast Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

The Regional Transit Authority board’s inaction Thursday means that yet another proposal to improve regional transportation has died.

It’s Detroit vs. everybody again, thanks to transit tax and city comeback.

It’s Detroit vs. everybody again, thanks to transit tax and city comeback.

July 17, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Jobs are leaving the suburbs for Detroit, reviving age-old ‘us versus them’ feuding among regional leaders.

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

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.

Detroit regional mass transit plan dead for 2018

Detroit regional mass transit plan dead for 2018

June 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Oakland County won’t support putting a $5 billion transit plan on the ballot this fall, leaving Metro Detroit's RTA scrambling to figure out a plan for 2019 or 2020.

Lawsuits, dirty tricks and an angry ex-wife: Is this Detroit’s ugliest election?

Lawsuits, dirty tricks and an angry ex-wife: Is this Detroit’s ugliest election?

June 26, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Monique Baker McCormick’s 10-year campaign for Wayne County Commission is a primer on dirty political tricks. She’s learned well, but at what cost?

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