Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: ‘A balancing act’: How one Detroit school made a tough call amidst financial strain

Good morning!

Physical health is important for students, but so are language skills for English language learners. Having to choose between the two of them? It’s not easy.  

That’s exactly the dilemma a Detroit charter school faced this past school year. Educating some of the most vulnerable students — English language learners — can be expensive. And because school funding from the state doesn't always meet all of their needs, it often calls for some tough decisions from administrators. Koby's story takes us through this process with a school trying to serve all of its students without an adequate amount of money. 

So, new gym or curriculum? Check out Koby’s story to find out what the school leaders chose.

And scroll down for the latest education headlines.

— Imani Harris, intern


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GYM OR CURRICULUM A Detroit charter school battles with the decision to build a new gym for students or adopt a new curriculum for English language learners. The school didn’t have enough funding to do both. Chalkbeat

EDBUILD CLOSING A well-known nonprofit that runs influential analyses about disparities in school funding will cease operation by the end of 2020 after it releases its final reports. This comes after 6 years of this work. Chalkbeat

INNOVATIVE DISTRICTS? A columnist argues that education groups should support innovative districts that have more flexibility and won’t have to operate under the state’s strict supervision. Detroit News

TEACHER PENSIONS Top Republican lawmakers in Michigan are still considering a recent proposal to sell teacher pension bonds as part of their alternative to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s roads funding plan. Whitmer, and others from across the political spectrum, oppose this plan.  Michigan Advance

KETTERING SOLD A long-time vacant Detroit public school on the city’s east side has been purchased. An automotive supplier that builds interior components, suspensions and grilles for major automakers is planning to open a 600,000-square-foot factory.  Detroit News 

DISCOUNT FOR TEACHERS Meijer is offering it’s largest back-to-school discount ever on classroom essentials for teachers across the Midwest. The discount applies from now until September 28. WXYZ

NEW BEGINNINGS? A former deputy superintendent in the Detroit school district has been selected interim superintendent of another district in Wayne County. She’ll come  out of retirement to do the job. Hometown Life