The Rev. Larry Simmons wondered why children were roaming the streets of his neighborhood during school hours.
Vitti is already looking ahead to next year’s contract and the need to retain mid-career teachers.
Attendance rate slips, too, due in part to heat-related dismissals. ‘This week will give a better indicator,’ Superintendent Vitti says.
The percentage of Detroit Public Schools Community District students and students in city charters who achieved grade-level proficiency on the M-STEP exam was up in most grades and subject areas.
At Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Effie Harris plays the roles of investigator, counselor, spirit leader, and more.
At Gompers Elementary-Middle School, located on Detroit’s northwest side, teachers and administrators came together to address the issue of chronic absenteeism, when students miss more than 18 days of school.
The 2023-24 year marks the fourth full school year since the pandemic started, and offers the state’s public schools an opportunity to recalibrate academic recovery programs, tackle mental health issues, and address longstanding problems.
As the new school year begins in Detroit Public Schools Community District and others across Michigan, students face familiar challenges — with the promise of fresh solutions.
About a third of the teachers union’s 4,300 members voted on the contract for 2023-24.
If the agreement is ratified, the district would give all teachers a retention bonus, as well as extra pay for hard-to-staff positions and veteran employees.