Rise & Shine: Black students struggling to access Michigan universities amid rising tuition, report says

Good morning! A new report from a national think tank zooms in on higher education in Michigan and finds an “affordability crisis.”

In short: The Michigan legislature cut budgets for public universities by nearly half. The average tuition more than doubled. And that left many of the state’s families struggling to send their kids to college. The problem is disproportionately acute for the families of African-American students, which are lower-income on average.

You can read the full report here, and the weekend’s headlines below.

I was especially struck by a study finding that Michigan is “leading the pack” in state takeovers of local school districts.

— Koby Levin, reporter

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MORE BARRIERS A report finds that high schoolers in Detroit and across the state are facing a major barrier to attending public colleges in Michigan: Rising tuition. Chalkbeat

STATE POWER Michigan’s state government exerts more power over local school districts than just about any other in the nation. A review of state takeover rules in every state found that Michigan is “leading the pack in terms of frequency and intensity” of takeovers. Michigan State University

WIGGLE ROOM Between three and five percent of students in the Detroit school district could be held back under Michigan’s tough new third-grade reading law, according to Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. Some say holding students back won’t help them learn. Detroit Free Press

PFAS NEAR KIDS A new analysis found that 60 schools, daycares, and Head Start centers had a chemical contaminant in their water wells.  Most were in rural and west Michigan. MLive

GOOD SIGN A conservative editorial page lauded Vitti and the Detroit district for improving test score results. The Detroit News

SAFE SCHOOL Curved hallways, high-tech doors — this west Michigan school was designed to thwart an armed attack. Detroit Free Press

GUNS IN SCHOOLS? A rural Michigan school district is considering allowing its employees to carry guns in schools. It would be among the first in the state to do so. MLive

JALEN ROSE The former basketball star and an official from his Detroit charter school will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for by a national charter association. National Association for Public Charter Schools

OPEN BALLOT Nominations are open for the next Michigan teacher of the year. Submissions can be made online. Michigan Department of Education