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Amid COVID, Detroit imagines a master plan for its public parks

Detroit parks, well used in the pandemic, are being reimagined as cold weather and wellness destinations, among other ideas. Some parks have been redesigned and outfitted with new landscaping. And stakeholders are considering new ways to stabilize and sustain investment in the city’s extensive park system.

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Detroit schools hustle to count thousands of students. Some students sit out.

Detroit Public Schools Community District and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti put out a call to action on Oct. 2 asking Detroiters to leave friendly phone messages and to knock on household doors of the thousands of students who have been disengaged since the first day of school. The campaign helped the district reach more than 3,000 students before the biannual Count Day.

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Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

As the new school year ramps up and the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents are having to make tough financial decisions. Nonprofits and social service agencies say they see families struggling to purchase materials for school, access child care and put food on the table.

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Why does Detroit Public Schools have its own police department?

Michigan’s largest school district, serving predominantly Black and Brown students, has its own police department. Under emergency management, the state beefed up policing by building a $5.6 million command center and adding military equipment to its arsenal. Now, Detroiters and school leadership take a new approach.

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Child care centers provided young students a safe place to learn online. Michigan said no.

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.