detroit public schools http://michiganradio.org en The return of Artpod! http://michiganradio.org/post/return-artpod <p></p><p>It's been a long, stupidly cold and soul-killing winter.&nbsp;</p><p>Few people know that Artpod&nbsp;cannot survive until we've had at least three days above 70 degrees.</p><p>So it's only now that Artpod can emerge from hibernation,&nbsp;&nbsp;much the way men's feet are unfortunately baring themselves to the world in flip flops again. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:13:22 +0000 Kate Wells 17304 at http://michiganradio.org The return of Artpod! Lessenberry talks education funding, ballot proposals, Detroit bankrupty and Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-education-funding-ballot-proposals-detroit-bankrupty-and-detroit-public <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em> Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the top political headlines of the week. This week's topic include:</p><ul><li>Proposals to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-education-tries-make-school-funding-central-election-issue">boost school funding</a>.</li><li><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-challenge-michigan-law-limiting-who-can-circulate-petitions">Drama</a> over Michigan's restrictions on how ballot campaigns can collect signatures.</li><li>How a bankruptcy plan for Detroit might come as early as next week.</li><li>How Detroit Public Schools have lost a collective 160 days from power outages.</li></ul><p>Listen to the full interview below</p><p></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:31:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16407 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks education funding, ballot proposals, Detroit bankrupty and Detroit Public Schools The long road ahead for Detroit education reform http://michiganradio.org/post/long-road-ahead-detroit-education-reform <p><em><strong>Benchmark: Schools</strong></em></p><p>Ana Rosa Cabrera joined several moms in a classroom at Bennett Elementary for a&nbsp;Zumba&nbsp;session one morning earlier this month. The moms stretched and danced as their instructor, a Spanish-speaking ball of energy dressed in fluorescent greens, directed them in&nbsp;merengue-like&nbsp;maneuvers from a DVD playing on a TV screen.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:44:31 +0000 Chastity Pratt Dawsey 16280 at http://michiganradio.org The long road ahead for Detroit education reform Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-minimum-wage-issue-ads-and-detroit-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Week in Michigan Politics </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Christina Shockley and Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discuss Mark </span>Schauer’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposal to </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-raising-minimum-wage-would-be-top-priority-if-elected-governor" style="line-height: 1.5;">raise the minimum wage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the political </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/disclosing-names-issue-ad-donors-wedge-within-mi-gop" style="line-height: 1.5;">drama over issue ads</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the state of </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Public Schools</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:07:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15357 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools Michigan's public schools need leaders with vision and guts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-public-schools-need-leaders-vision-and-guts <p></p><p>There was a little bit of good news about Detroit’s public schools this week, perhaps the first good news in a long time. The Michigan Department of Education is formally taking the school district off so-called “high-risk” list. This means, essentially, that the state will no longer have to approve virtually everything the system does. It also means the system won’t have to put purchases over $25,000 out for bid.</p><p>But I think too much is being made of this. Yes, it is a good thing. We should think of this, however, more as if Detroit Public Schools were a patient in the hospital. Their condition has just been upgraded, but only from extremely critical to critical.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:29:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15358 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's public schools need leaders with vision and guts Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence <p>After five years, the Detroit Public Schools has<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131118/SCHOOLS/311180070/Detroit-schools-out-high-risk-status-after-5-years?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p"> been removed from “high-risk status.”</a></p><p>The Michigan Department of Education gave Detroit federal high-risk status in 2008, after a federal audit revealed some serious financial discrepancies amounting to about $53 million.</p><p>But the state says the district has put enough safeguards in place now to relax its monitoring.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 03:58:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15336 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' Detroit schools issue 'child safety ID cards' to some students http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-issue-child-safety-id-cards-some-students <p>The Detroit Public Schools will start issuing “child safety ID cards” in some elementary schools.</p><p>The ID card will contain a child’s picture, fingerprint, and other identifying information. Participation is voluntary.</p><p>District officials say the cards could help find and identify missing children more quickly.</p><p>The district will give one card to parents, and keep the information on file. They say the district will only share the card’s information with law enforcement in the event of an emergency.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:55:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15256 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit schools issue 'child safety ID cards' to some students Your plans for next week? Listen to our series on education in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/your-plans-next-week-listen-our-series-education-detroit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next week, Sarah Alvarez from our </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> team will explore the long shadow of a </span>busing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and integration case 40 years ago, and the way the outcome fundamentally altered the notion of a neighborhood school for students in Detroit and many communities throughout the metro area.</span></p><p></p><p><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/great-detroit-draft-70" style="line-height: 1.5;">Check out this post by Kimberly Springer</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that shows how some Detroit parents were notified that their kids were going to be bused to another school.</span></p><p>The series “Abandoning the neighborhood school” will focus on these topics:</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:51:09 +0000 Mark Brush 15192 at http://michiganradio.org Your plans for next week? Listen to our series on education in Detroit Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-enrollment-14-high-schools <p>Detroit Public Schools is reporting a 14 percent increase in enrollment for students in grades 9-12. Overall enrollment is still down by two percent, but that's a smaller decrease than previous years.</p><p>According to numbers collected by the district on count day, nine of DPS's 19&nbsp; high schools saw an increase in students.</p><p>DPS launched an enrollment campaign over the summer in an effort to meet projections included in the district's budget. Despite enrollment increases in some high schools, DPS still didn't meet those goals.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:34:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15093 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools On count day, all eyes on Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/count-day-all-eyes-detroit-public-schools <p>Tomorrow is count day for Michigan&#39;s public schools.</p><p>The more students a school has in attendance on count day, the more money they get from the state.</p><p>It&#39;s a make or break day for Detroit Public Schools.</p><p><strong>After months of sales pitches, finding out how many students enrolled</strong></p><p>The district has spent months trying to recruit kids away from charter schools and private academies.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:30:07 +0000 Kate Wells 14661 at http://michiganradio.org On count day, all eyes on Detroit Public Schools New attendance policy in Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/new-attendance-policy-detroit-public-schools <p>The Detroit Public Schools is tightening up its district-wide attendance policy this school year.</p><p>The policy is centered around what the district calls a “3-6-9 approach</p><p>Superintendent of academics Karen Ridgeway says the idea is pretty simple.</p><p>“There’s a reason for absences. Our whole initiative around 3-6-9 is to find out what that reason is, and to deal with that reason.”</p><p>Ridgeway says interventions begin when a child has a third unexcused absence from school.</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:48:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14324 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit steps up efforts to lift school attendance http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-steps-efforts-lift-school-attendance <p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — Detroit schools are stepping up efforts to improve attendance, including working with prosecutors on cases involving students with many unexcused absences.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The Detroit Public Schools district announced the policy Friday.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The district says that three times of arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of class will equal one unexcused absence. After three unexcused absences, a phone call will be made to the student's home and an attendance agent will be notified.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">With the sixth unexcused absence, the student will be referred to an attendance agent and intervention may include home visits by the state Department of Human Services. More than nine per school year will bring a truancy referral to Wayne County prosecutors.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">In Michigan, parents can face fines or jail time if children don't go to school.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:17:53 +0000 The Associated Press 14308 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit steps up efforts to lift school attendance The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-detroit-public-schools-washtenaw-county-id-cards-detroit-mayoral-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>This week, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/times-running-out-get-5000-new-kids-dps">Detroit Public Schools student quota</a>, Washtenaw County’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants">identification card plan</a> that includes undocumented immigrants, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-napoleon-heats-each-promises-champion-detroit-neighborhoods">continuing campaigns </a>of Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan.</p><p><strong>Detroit Public Schools trying to meet enrollment goal</strong></p><p>The Detroit Public School district is depending on enrolling 5,000 more students for the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If the district doesn’t meet its goal, they will lose millions of dollars in funding from the per-pupil-allowance from the state.&nbsp; Jack Lessenberry says that Detroit used to enroll almost 200,000 students thirteen years ago.&nbsp; They now only enroll 46,000.&nbsp; Lessenberry says “they’ve been going door-to-door trying various gimmicks, of course those are sort of dubious too, to get kids to come back.&nbsp; But it’s all about how many bodies they have in seats on Count Day.”</p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 14210 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race Time's running out to get 5,000 new kids to DPS http://michiganradio.org/post/times-running-out-get-5000-new-kids-dps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The clock’s running out for the Detroit Public School district.</span></p><p>School starts Tuesday, and DPS officials went into the summer with the hefty goal of recruiting 5,000 new students.</p><p>That's an awful lot of new kids, e<span style="line-height: 1.5;">specially given that demographers predict just the opposite. They think </span>DPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will lose students this year, like they have in the past.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:46:13 +0000 Kate Wells 14194 at http://michiganradio.org Time's running out to get 5,000 new kids to DPS Do too many schools rely on gimmicks and sales pitches to attract new students? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-too-many-schools-rely-gimmicks-and-sales-pitches-attract-new-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the question raised in a guest column in Bridge Magazine by my next guest.</span></p><p><strong>Margaret Trimer Hartley</strong> is superintendent of the<strong> University Prep Science &amp; Math Academy in Detroit . </strong>She's also the former head of communications for the <strong>Michigan Education Association</strong>. She was also an education reporter at the <strong>Detroit Free Press</strong>.</p><p>Hartley joined us today.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:05:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 14202 at http://michiganradio.org Do too many schools rely on gimmicks and sales pitches to attract new students? In this morning’s news: Medicaid delays, Detroit student recruitment, and Detroit mayoral campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-medicaid-delays-detroit-student-recruitment-and-detroit-mayoral-campaign <p><strong><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Governor Snyder pushes to expedite Medicaid expansion</font></font></strong></p><p><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">A bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">passed the state Senate</a> by a narrow vote earlier this week. But a vote to make those changes by January 1, 2014 failed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This means that thousands of people will have to wait until spring to receive health coverage.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Rick Pluta reports that Governor Rick Snyder hopes the Senate will revisit the issue as soon as Tuesday.</font></font></p><p><strong><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Deadline approaches for Detroit Public Schools recruitment</font></font></strong></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">As</font></font><font face="Calibri"><font size="3"> the school year quickly approaches, Detroit Public Schools are running out of time to recruit new students.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports that the district&rsquo;s summer goal was to gain <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-pinning-budget-hopes-5000-new-students">5,000 new students</a>. If DPS does not meet this goal it may lose millions, resulting in possible layoffs and program cuts.&nbsp; The district is currently retaining 93% of their students.</font></font></p><p><strong><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Detroit mayoral candidates continue campaign</font></font></strong></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Detroit mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon are continuing their campaigns while primary election drama settles out.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Sarah Cwiek&nbsp; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-napoleon-heats-each-promises-champion-detroit-neighborhoods">reports</a>&nbsp; that both candidates &ldquo;are trying to position themselves as champions of Detroit neighborhoods.&rdquo; Duggan is rolling out a neighborhood plan to reduce blight, while Napoleon is accusing him of being tied to &ldquo;downtown corporate interests.&rdquo; Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:58:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14186 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Medicaid delays, Detroit student recruitment, and Detroit mayoral campaign Who will buy Detroit Schools bonds? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-will-buy-detroit-schools-bonds <p>The opportunity to buy bonds from a troubled school district run by an emergency manager, in a city that's just filed for bankruptcy, may seem akin to the opportunity to get your hands on some great snake oil, or a big lot in a Florida swamp, cheap.</p><p>But one municipal bond portfolio manager thinks Detroit Public Schools' bond offering, expected tomorrow, could actually be a good deal.</p><p>"There's an extraordinary amount of interest in buying short maturity bonds with high yield," says Josh Gonze of Thornberg Investment Management based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:31:07 +0000 Tracy Samilton 14046 at http://michiganradio.org Who will buy Detroit Schools bonds? Detroit Public Schools looks to boost enrollment with door-to-door initiative, "community schools" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-looks-boost-enrollment-door-door-initiative-community-schools <p>The Detroit Public Schools’ emergency manager was out knocking on doors Friday.</p><p>Jack Martin canvassed the neighborhood near Thurgood Marshall elementary school—his own alma mater--in an ongoing effort to boost the district’s enrollment.</p><p>Martin says the only way to “sustain” the district—still burdened with a $76 million deficit after more than 5 years of emergency financial managers-- is to lure more Detroit students back to traditional public schools.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:29:47 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14033 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools looks to boost enrollment with door-to-door initiative, "community schools" In this morning's news: Flint budget, Ann Arbor schools, Detroit schools http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-flint-budget-ann-arbor-schools-detroit-schools <p><strong>City of Flint to recover tax money</strong></p><p>The city of Flint has found a new source of income in the effort to balance the budget. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-looks-collect-unpaid-city-income-taxes">reports</a> that around six thousand Flint residents paid their federal income taxes, but did not pay city income taxes. This may allow the Flint to collect around a million dollars in back taxes.</p><p><strong>Michigan ACLU sues Ann Arbor Public Schools</strong></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-files-lawsuit-against-ann-arbor-schools-tuition-plan">filed a suit </a>against Ann Arbor Public Schools because of its intent to charge tuition for a seventh class.&nbsp; With the current plan, Ann Arbor high school students must pay $100 for a seventh-period elective class.&nbsp; Kary Moss of the ACLU says “it creates a two-tiered system of education. Not only for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, but many other students won't be able to afford the seventh hour."</p><p><strong>Detroit Schools get annual report card</strong></p><p>Excellent Schools Detroit has released its <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-card-detroit-schools-improving-still-work-do">annual report card </a>for the school system.&nbsp; Out of more than two hundred schools, twenty-five percent scored a C+ or better.&nbsp; Many of these higher-ranked schools are new and “fresh-start” schools, which has officials optimistic about the future of the district.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:00:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13891 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Flint budget, Ann Arbor schools, Detroit schools Catherine Ferguson Academy to open as independent charter http://michiganradio.org/post/catherine-ferguson-academy-open-independent-charter <p>Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit school for pregnant teens and their children, will open under a new charter this fall.<br><br>CFA was run by Detroit Public Schools until 2011. Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy and Wayne RESA&nbsp; took over the school when it was at risk of being shut down. Blanche Kelso operates mostly strict-discipline schools for students who have been expelled.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:28:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13850 at http://michiganradio.org Catherine Ferguson Academy to open as independent charter