Education – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:41:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Davenport University Opening New Center One Campus In 2019 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:47:36 +0000 Davenport University is moving its Livonia campus to the city of Detroit, and they’re doing it in the New Center One Building.

They’ll renovate the first floor of the structure on Grand Boulevard across the street from the iconic Fisher Building.

Starting in January 2019, the 12,000 square-foot Detroit campus will offer 31 courses in business, health care, technology and urban education. Davenport is a non-profit private University with about 7,500 students.

Approximately 2,000 students each semester will be served in the New Center One location.

The classes will be for both students graduating from high school and adults looking to further their careers.

They’re enrolling now. You can find more information about Davenport University here.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit podcast:

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Business, Foundation Community Step Up To Pay For Water Stations In Detroit Schools Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:08:47 +0000

It looks like the permanent fix for the bad water situation in Detroit’s public schools will be provided by the business and philanthropic community, covering most of the $3 million dollar cost to install water hydration stations.

Water fountains were shut off at the beginning of the academic year at all Detroit public schools after finding unacceptable levels of lead and copper in the drinking water in many schools.

The plan covers the more than 100 schools in the Detroit Public Community School District. $2.4 million will be contributed by local businesses and foundations.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan gave a lead gift of $500,000.

Other major donors include: Quicken Loans ($500,000), the Delta Dental Foundation ($300,000), DTE Energy Foundation ($300,000) General Motors ($200,000), Ford Motor Company Fund ($200,000), FCA Foundation ($100,000), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network ($100,000), Ascension Michigan ($50,000), the Detroit Medical Center ($50,000), Health Alliance Plan/Henry Ford Health System ($50,000), The Jewish Fund ($25,000) and an anonymous donor ($10,000).

The goal is to have one hydration station for every 100 students, and the stations will have filters so that there is, quoting Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, “zero lead, zero copper.”

The district says that similar hydration stations are being used in schools around the country, as well as locally in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor and Birmingham.

Installation should be finished by next summer.

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Former Councilwoman Refusing To Leave Job Leading Charter School Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:02:31 +0000

Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail has been fired from her post leading a struggling charter school on the city’s west side, but she’s refusing to leave.

In response, school authorizer Bay Mills Community College says it’ll seek a court order for her removal and is appointing a conservator to oversee the school. It’s also temporarily suspended the school board.

McPhail was — and apparently still is, unofficially — serving as chief administrator of Detroit Community Schools, a K-though-12 charter school that serves about 650 students in Brightmoor on the city’s far west side. Trouble is, the Michigan Department of Education says she lacks the proper certification to serve as a school administrator. The agency has fined the school more than $200,000.

The school is struggling academically as well. On the standardized MSTEP exam, just 7 percent of elementary and middle-school students were considered proficient in all subjects and 22 percent of high-school-aged students. That’s compared to a statewide average of 40 percent for both groups.

McPhail told WDIV that Bay Mills lacks the authority to fire her and is planning to seek a legal remedy.

It’s the latest twist in the colorful career of McPhail, a one-time federal prosecutor and mayoral candidate. She also served as general counsel for disgraced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick despite previously accusing him of tampering with the electric back-massager on her chair… in an alleged attempt to electrocute her.

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PODCAST: How To Support Neighborhood Detroit Businesses, Water To Come Back On In Detroit Schools & Your News Tue, 09 Oct 2018 23:56:29 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast recorded on October 9, 2018.

Our guest for the show is Detroit City Councilman James Tate, to talk about the upcoming “Cash Flash” in Detroit’s District 1.

Your Detroit stories:

– Detroit’s getting yet another luxury apartment building, with rents in the $2,500 a month range for 1,000 square feet. And it’s going to be designed by a company, ODA, known for what they call their “Tetris-inspired boxy designs that build a sense of community in urban cores.”

– Ilitch Holdings, the company behind Little Caesars Arena, has made the decision to replace their boldly colored red stadium seats with black seats. Turns out the arena looks rather empty with all of the empty seats… and the red seats make it worse on TV.

– Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail has been fired from her post leading a struggling charter school on the city’s west side, but she’s refusing to leave.

– It looks like the permanent fix for the bad water situation in Detroit’s public schools will be provided by the business and philanthropic community, covering most of the $3 million dollar cost to install water hydration stations.

– Voters in Royal Oak will be asked whether the city should establish its own bus system called Royal Oak Go, or ROGO for short.

– If you’re looking to get out and see the world on a Wednesday after work, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Corktown has 4,000 square feet of custom murals and artwork made by more than 50 local artists they’d like to show you.

– And in a final note, Detroit is now home to the world’s largest linear friction welder after it was delivered on Tuesday to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a public-private advanced-manufacturing partnership down on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Corktown.

Thanks to today’s sponsor, Milo Digital

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DIA Sees Record Number Of Student Visitors In 2017-2018 School Year Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:52:08 +0000

The Detroit Institute of Arts says a record 73,239 students visited the museum on field trips last school year.

That’s an increase of almost 6,000 students from the previous year. Of these, about 29,124 were from Wayne County, 19,288 from Oakland County and 13,714 from Macomb County. The DIA provides free bus transportation and admission for residents of those counties, thanks to a tri-county millage passed in 2012.

The museum offers both guided field trips with gallery teachers that utilize hands-on activities, plus non-guided tours paired with online teaching resources. They’re available to pre-K-through 12th grades.

The DIA says that means the field trips have become a more viable option for cash-strapped school districts.

“Students’ exploration of the history and culture found at the museum builds critical thinking skills, which are vital to academic success,” Salvador Salort-Pons, the DIA’s director, said in a statement. “Museum visits spark students’ imaginations, encourage discovery, invite comparisons and connections and challenge students to step outside the familiar to experience a diversity of cultures and perspectives in ways that can’t be found in books, movies or online.”

The DIA is home to more than 60,000 works of art.

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Detroit Public School District Opens With Water Coolers & Bottles Instead Of Drinking Fountains Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:51:10 +0000

Students started the first day of classes in the Detroit Public Schools Community District with water coolers and bottled water in lieu of drinking fountains.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti ordered drinking water shut off across the district last week after testing found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 of 24 school buildings and after 18 were given bottled water after an earlier round of testing.

Vitti’s decision made national headlines, but he says it was the right call to avoid distractions and safeguard students and staff.

Separately, Chalkbeat Detroit reports that Vitti on Friday sent a cease-and-desist letter to the head of University Prep threatening to sue him and the nonprofit charter-school network if he didn’t back off claims made in a robocall to parents.

University Prep head Mark Ornstein contrasted what he said was elevated levels of lead in all Detroit public school buildings with the safe drinking water found at University Prep buildings.

A version of this story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit Podcast.

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LISTEN: Could Highland Park Get A New High School? An Interview With School Board President Alexis Ramsey Wed, 16 May 2018 17:39:42 +0000

Highland Park’s school district is a shadow of its former self following years of state emergency management, the closure of its high school in 2015 and its subsequent demolition. But the district is now out of financial oversight and looking to grow.

Last week, while recording an episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we ran into Highland Park School Board President Alexis Ramsey. We spoke with her about what’s new with the struggling district … its relationship with a for-profit charter school operator … and where she and others want the district to go from here.

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News Byte Podcast: New MoGo Bikes, Jefferson Bike Lanes, Facebook Funding Training In Detroit And A New Highland Park High School? Tue, 15 May 2018 21:53:17 +0000

From the bustling heart of Midtown over a couple Faygo pops, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Here are your stories for today.

  • Jefferson on the east side is getting smaller for cars… and bigger for bikes
  • Detroit’s Bike sharing service gets new adaptive bikes
  • Facebook is funding more software training in Detroit
  • And Highland Park is laying plans for a new high school. Sven Gustafson talked to their school board president, Alexis Ramsey.

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News Byte Podcast: PGA Tour Coming To The Motor City, Growing Detroit’s Young Talent & More Tue, 08 May 2018 21:25:34 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Development gets moving at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull…
The PGA Tour looks like it’s coming to Detroit. What could that mean having such an event in a Detroit neighborhood?
City Year Detroit & Gensler Detroit have teamed up to improve a Detroit school…
Comerica Park gets a farm-to-table restaurant, partnering with RecoveryPark
And we talk about a summer program that looks to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and keep kids off the street as school winds down.
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PODCAST – Detroit: Become Human, The Largest Robotics Competition In The World Comes To Detroit, Daffodils & More Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:24:30 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 23, 2018 recorded in beautiful Grand Circus Park.

  • A video game set in Detroit, “Detroit: Become Human” is about to launch. A playable demo comes out Tuesday.
  • The largest robotics competition in the world is coming to Detroit this week
  • Detroit’s harnessing some flower power
  • A Cass Corridor jazz club relaunches four decades after it was shut down
  • And we attended a very contentious meeting between Detroit’s big 4 leaders. We break down where the break down is happening.

Here’s that daffodil map we talked about in the show:

Sven and Jer are your hosts. Thanks to Milo Digital, Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, and Podcast Detroit for their support.

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