In-depth reporting on Michigan's largest city and surrounding communities, including deep dives into the big changes afoot in Detroit, its schools, neighborhoods, institutions and city hall.
A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.
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.
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 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?
A Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat forum searches for solutions to fix Detroit's persistent problems with students changing classes.
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.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she would push for increased regulation of charter schools in Detroit if elected in November.
Rising costs, aging infrastructure: Are closing taps to abandoned blocks the answer? Detroit is amid a study to find out.
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.
Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park
Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.
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.
Streamlining records, expanding transportation, improving staffing are some of the ways schools can improve when populations frequently change.
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.
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.
Highly transient populations in Detroit make classroom cohesion difficult, adding yet another challenge atop many others for teachers.
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.
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.
As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.
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.