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Detroit must build its middle class to make its 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Forum proposes 5 ways to fix Detroit's problems with frequent school changes

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. 

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

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

As governor, Whitmer would create a ‘Detroit-specific strategy’ for K-12 education

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.

Detroit studying whether to shut water in underpopulated neighborhoods

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

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

$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

Bill Schuette, Gretchen Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools

October 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt, Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

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

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

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.

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.

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