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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’...

Anxious Michigan schools must wait until next year to learn their fate

Michigan schools waiting anxiously for word on whether they’ll be shut down next year will have to wait a little longer. State officials initially planned to release their annual state rankings, which will be used to decide which schools will be forced to close, by the end of this month. Now, they’re saying the rankings — and any closure decisions — won’t come until at least January. The delay means that schools at risk of closure won’t be getting bad news before the winter vacation. But it...

Detroit's Public Schools, Teachers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Details are sparse as they’ll be revealed to Detroit Federation of Teachers members later this week, but a tentative agreement has been reached between the new district that controls Detroit’s public schools and the 2,900 or so unionized teachers and staff who work there. Any deal not only must be approved by both parties, but also the Financial Review Commission overseeing the finances of the district. The DFT has called a special meeting of membership for after the first day of school Tuesda...

UPDATE: State Now Says Number Of Michigan School Closures Would Be Smaller

State education officials now say they’re not likely to close as many schools as they could this year. When Chalkbeat broke the news about the School Reform Office’s aggressive school closure plan on Monday, we reported that more than 100 schools across the state could be shuttered at the end of the school year. State officials signaled that the number of closures would be that high, based on how many schools have consistently posted test scores in the bottom 5 percent of the state in the pa...

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