detroit schools http://michiganradio.org en Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/open-enrollment-events-scheduled-eaa-schools-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Open enrollment events are scheduled this week at nine Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit.<br /><br />Enrollment is going on for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with welcome programs set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix, Burns and Nolan schools.<br /><br />Parents can tour the school buildings and classrooms, and meet staff.<br /><br />Events at the district's six high schools will begin at noon on Thursday.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16273 at http://michiganradio.org Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools http://michiganradio.org/post/enrollment-plummets-state-run-education-achievement-authority-schools <p>Michigan’s attempt at a state-run “turnaround district” for the lowest-performing schools is bleeding students.</p><p>The Educational Achievement Authority is one of Governor Snyder’s signature policy initiatives. It launched in the last school year, with 15 former Detroit Public Schools.</p><p>State data now show the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131122/SCHOOLS/311220039/Michigan-s-Education-Achievement-Authority-sees-24-percent-drop-students?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">EAA lost more than 2,000 students since last school year</a>. That’s nearly a 25% decline.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:53:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15404 at http://michiganradio.org Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools How one Detroit charter school captured national attention — and what educators have to say about it http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-detroit-charter-school-captured-national-attention-and-what-educators-have-say-about-it <p>This week on <em><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a></em>, Sarah Alvarez is taking a look at some radical decisions that have shaped the educational landscape of Detroit schools.</p><p>Today, families in the city are taking a gamble on brand-new charter schools, like the <a href="http://www.detroitachievement.org/">Detroit Achievement Academy</a>.</p><p>The academy opened earlier this year, by 28-year-old Kyle Smitley. Smitley is the first to admit she lacks formal educational experience. "I’ve been laughed out of so many rooms coming into the education world," she says.</p><p>But that hasn’t stopped the unconventional school from getting national buzz. Earlier this year, Smitley and the academy were featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show.</p><p>Still, the odds are stacked up against the academy and other charter schools that pop up in Detroit. There are more seats in Detroit schools than students. Many students in the city haven’t met benchmark requirements in their grade levels.</p><p>So what do educational experts think about these experimental schools? Check out <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/40-year-shadow-cast-detroits-failed-busing-plan">Sarah’s piece</a> for more.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:15:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15284 at http://michiganradio.org How one Detroit charter school captured national attention — and what educators have to say about it New Detroit charter school is changing the education paradigm http://michiganradio.org/post/new-detroit-charter-school-changing-education-paradigm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What if something other than jobs could rebuild Detroit?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What if the purpose of education was to help children reach their highest human potential?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What if we had a conversation about the meaning of service to our community?</span></p><p>These are just a few of the many questions being raised at a new charter school in Detroit. It’s called the <a href="http://http://boggsschool.org/">James and Grace Lee Boggs School</a>. They opened their doors this week.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:13:19 +0000 Zak Rosen 14311 at http://michiganradio.org New Detroit charter school is changing the education paradigm Why the Detroit Public School bond offering is worth a look to investors http://michiganradio.org/post/why-detroit-public-school-bond-offering-worth-look-investors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, investors, who's willing to bite? Who is willing to buy bonds from a troubled school district being run by an emergency manager located in a city run by an emergency manager, a city that just made history with its bankruptcy filing?</span></p><p>It's easy to understand why investors may run the other way from the Detroit Public Schools' bond offering.</p><p>But Josh Gonze says "not so fast!" He is a municipal bond portfolio manager who thinks the Detroit Public Schools bond offering tomorrow has something to offer an investor.</p><p>Josh Gonze is with Thornberg Investment Management based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:34:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 14056 at http://michiganradio.org Why the Detroit Public School bond offering is worth a look to investors Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-19th-2013 <p>"Innovation" - it's what many say Michigan needs to become a player in the global economy. On today's show, we took a look at the most-innovative companies in our state. What are they doing differently in a post-Great-Recession economy?</p><p>And, we traveled to Muskegon - a community that continues to be plagued by gun violence. Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project reported on a gun battle that happened last month.</p><p>And, the Detroit Public Schools bond offering is tomorrow. Why should investors be interested?</p><p>Also, the guide to canoeing Michigan’s rivers just got an update. We spoke with one of the authors about the new edition.</p><p>First on the show, d<span style="line-height: 1.5;">onations to Governor Snyder’s civic fund decreased last year by a lot. The 501 c-4 known as The New Energy to Reinvent and Diversity Fund – or “NERD Fund” for short – received $1.3 million in 2011, but in 2012 , the number was $368,000.</span></p><p>As Jonathan Oosting, a reporter for MLive.com, reports, “the NERD fund earns tax-exempt status by purporting to promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Jonathan Oosting joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:25:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14052 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 The week in Michigan politics: Senate candidates, wolf hunt and wraparound school grants http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-senate-candidates-wolf-hunt-and-wraparound-school-grants <p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/rep-gary-peters-expected-announce-us-senate-bid">the race</a> for the Senate seat left vacant by Carl Levin, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-hold-hearing-bill-could-circumvent-wolf-hunt-vote">legislation</a> that would allow a wolf hunt despite a petition against it, and Governor Snyder's <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/business-grant-funds-wraparound-schools-detroit">call </a>for businesses to become more directly involved in schools.<br> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:58:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12359 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Senate candidates, wolf hunt and wraparound school grants In this morning's news: Peters' Senate run, donation to Detroit schools, call for Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-peters-senate-run-donation-detroit-schools-call-medicaid-expansion <p><strong>Gary Peters announces run for U.S. Senate</strong><br><br>U.S. Representative Gary Peters, who represents the Detroit-based 14th Congressional District, is expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate today. As the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130429/NEWS06/304290104/u-s-representative-gary-peters-carl-levin-u-s-senate-race">Detroit Free Press reports: </a></p><blockquote><p>"Peters has been considered a likely candidate for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin since Levin announced in March his intentions to retire at the end of the current term. Shortly after Levin’s announcement, Peters told the Free Press he was 'seriously considering' a run for that seat."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Corporate donations to help create "wraparound" schools in Detroit</strong></p><p>"Detroit and other cities in Michigan are turning to businesses to help pay for schools that provide a wide variety of services to students and their families. Yesterday, JP Morgan Chase announced it will donate $1.5 million to pay for three 'wraparound’ schools in Detroit...Governor Rick Snyder says that could include help with managing household finances or finding a job, or parenting classes,"&nbsp; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/business-grant-funds-wraparound-schools-detroit">Rick Pluta reports.</a></p><p><strong>Law enforcement officials call for an expansion of Medicaid</strong><br><br>A group of law enforcement officials is calling on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 300,000 Michigan residents at an event in Lansing today.<br><br>"The group says Medicaid coverage for expectant mothers can help prevent children from being born with fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effects. They will also advocate for Medicaid coverage for interventions such as substance abuse and mental and behavioral health issues as a way to cut crime," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:28:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12336 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Peters' Senate run, donation to Detroit schools, call for Medicaid expansion Business grant funds 'wraparound' schools in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/business-grant-funds-wraparound-schools-detroit <p>Detroit and other cities in Michigan are turning to businesses to help pay for schools that provide a wide variety of services to students and their families.</p><p>Today JPMorgan Chase announced it will donate one and a half million dollars to pay for three “wraparound’ schools in Detroit.</p><p>Detroit schools emergency manager Roy Roberts says the idea recognizes that students won’t succeed without support at home.</p><p>“When we sat with students, one of the things students said to us was, can you help us teach our parents to be parents? Now you think deeply about that. That’s deep stuff. So we’re going to do everything we can. You’ve got parents with two jobs, two people working, broken families. We’ve got a lot of issues.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Roberts says the services can include parenting training, help finding a job, and counselors who are available around the clock.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder was on hand for the announcement. Snyder says he wants businesses to become more directly connected to schools. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:24:35 +0000 Rick Pluta 12327 at http://michiganradio.org Business grant funds 'wraparound' schools in Detroit Why Detroit is breaking up its Gang Squad http://michiganradio.org/post/why-detroit-breaking-its-gang-squad <p></p><p>When gang violence breaks out in the roughest parts of Detroit, even the police call for help.</p><p>The gang squad is a special, paramilitary unit of the Detroit Police Department.</p><p>They're either necessarily tough, or notoriously brutal, depending on who you ask.</p><p>But if the city’s Mayor and the Police Chief have their way, the squad's days are numbered.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Big guys with big guns</strong></p><p>Think about it: big guys, with big guns, cruising the city’s toughest streets in the name of law and order. You know what we have here? A reality TV hit.</p><p>But dang it, a quick Google search shows the National Geographic Channel beat us to the punch.</p><p>Their “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcRm9jVlTCU">Inside Detroit Gang Squad</a>” aired a few years ago, with all the dramatic music and drug raids you’d expect. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:12:38 +0000 Kate Wells 11521 at http://michiganradio.org Why Detroit is breaking up its Gang Squad UM study links lower MEAP scores with lead exposure http://michiganradio.org/post/um-study-links-lower-meap-scores-lead-exposure <p>A study by researchers at the University of Michigan links lead exposure in children to lower achievement on standardized tests.</p><p>It's published in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201302/AJPH.2012.pdf">here to read the study</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>From the study:</p><blockquote><p>Detroit has an extensive lead poisoning problem. Although only 20% of Michigan’s children younger than 5 years lived in Detroit in 2010, childhood lead poisoning in Detroit has consistently accounted for more than 50 percent of the state’s total lead burden.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130225/NEWS06/302250140/High-lead-poisoning-linked-to-lower-test-scores-in-DPS?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press reporter Keith Matheny's article</a> explores the research further and the schools affected.</p><blockquote><p>The greater the lead poisoning in a Detroit Public Schools student's blood, the higher the likelihood he or she will do poorly on achievement tests -- even after accounting for contributing factors such as poverty. That's the finding of a collaborative study that provides one of the most detailed assessments yet of the impact of lead poisoning on students' learning ability. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:32:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Sarah Cwiek 11402 at http://michiganradio.org UM study links lower MEAP scores with lead exposure