Amanda Rahn

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Facing Dead-Last National Test Scores, Detroit's Public School District Approves New Teaching Materials

The Detroit school board Tuesday adopted a new, $7.1 million curriculum that Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says is a key part of his plan to bring Detroit schools up from the bottom of national rankings. Earlier Tuesday morning Detroit was ranked last — for the fifth time — among urban school districts on a national test known as the Nation’s Report Card. Vitti’s former school district, Duval County Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, showed significant gains in fourth-grade math and posted th...

Detroit Teachers Working Second Jobs May Have To Begin Disclosing Them To District

Teachers and staff in Detroit’s main school district could soon have to tell their supervisors if they are supplementing their salaries with a side job. The school board’s policy committee last week approved a new policy that says the district  “expects employees to disclose outside employment” and bars employees from working a second job while on any kind of leave. The policy, which will now go to the full school board for more review before the board makes a final decision, comes amid a wh...

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