Rise & Shine: Good news for this Detroit teacher

Good morning!

In 20 years of teaching in Detroit, Sandra Limmer never had a Monday morning quite like this one. TV crews and reporters crowded into her room this week to inform her that her students had nominated her for a teaching award — and that she’d won.

Imani got a chance to sit down with Limmer to talk about the award from the Goodfellows Foundation and about Limmer’s approach to teaching. The full story is here.

Limmer’s school — and every other school in Detroit — will soon be getting a letter grade from a city commission based on a number of factors including test scores and parent surveys. This Thursday evening, you’re invited to a community dinner and discussion about the new school grades and other hot topics in K-12 education. You’ll hear from a top district official and from the head of the commission.

Be sure to RSVP here, and keep scrolling — the weekend’s headlines are below. Thanks for reading!

— Koby Levin, reporter

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