This series seeks to amplify efforts to better support the wellness of students and school staff during this challenging comeback year.
The City of Detroit is looking for developers to revitalize dozens of vacant school buildings following years of demands by residents that something be done with the properties.
Students in Detroit have spent much of the year learning virtually from home. As if that arrangement weren’t challenging enough, many of those children lacked a space of their own to focus on video classes and complete homework. That’s one reason educators say the academic toll of the pandemic has been especially harsh for students from low-income families.
A new Republican-backed bill would sharply limit Michigan classroom discussions of how race and racism have shaped American history.
Linda Byrd had managed to keep her child care center running through nearly one year of the coronavirus pandemic when her state funding started to come up short.
Democratic lawmakers introduced bills Monday that would send $94.4 million to the Detroit Public Schools Community District, making good on a key piece of the lawsuit settlement that already has brought millions of dollars to the city’s students.
Even without full attendance, Monday marked another step toward a pre-pandemic normal. An estimated 20,000 students were expected to report to school, or about 40% of the total. That’s about twice as many as last fall, when the district reopened classrooms until rising COVID-19 cases forced a suspension in mid-November.
The students who need in-person instruction the most are among the least likely to get it, new Michigan data shows.
The coronavirus child care crunch is falling hardest on low-income families of color, many of whom work in-person jobs in sanitation, grocery, and health care that the state has defined as “essential.” When these families have young students learning online, many parents find that they have no safe place to send their children during the work day.