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Is An Exodus Of Detroit Teachers On The Horizon?

Stefanie Kovaleski loves teaching kindergarten at Detroit’s Bethune Elementary-Middle School. “I love this building. I love the kids in it,” she said as she doled out hugs and high-fives to her young students while they lined up to get their backpacks at dismissal. “I love that I have autonomy and that I’m treated with professionalism here.” She hopes to stay in her classroom and remain a part of her students’ lives, she said, but she’s actively talking to banks and credit unions about worki...

25 Detroit Schools Could Be Shut Down In June, 38 Total In Michigan

The state of Michigan Friday put 38 struggling schools on notice. After years of rock-bottom test scores and disappointing results, the schools were informed that they’re in serious danger of having to shut their doors forever in June. “Because we want all kids to have a good life after high school, our office is responsible for taking action when schools have been chronically failing for several years,” state School Reform Officer Natasha Baker said in a statement. A statement from Baker’...

A Principal And His Staff Have Just One Year to Prove Their School Should Survive

It was the first day of school at the Mumford Academy high school and principal Nir Saar was working the hallways, shaking hands, introducing himself to new students. “There’s the football star!” he said as he greeted a returning 10th-grader. “How you doing, Mr. Varsity?” He high-fived a girl as she walked by. “I missed you, Zakiya!” he exclaimed. “How you been?” “I missed you too,” she answered. It was a scene similar to ones that played out in schools across Detroit and the nation in...

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