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Rise & Shine: Will Barack Obama’s name help a struggling Detroit charter?

Good morning!

One of Detroit’s oldest charter schools has struggled to produce strong student test scores and hire fully certified teachers. Now it is undergoing a sort of rebranding, offering a new leadership curriculum and changing its name from Timbuktu Academy to — wait for it — Barack Obama Leadership Academy.

Detroit is a deep blue city, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more recognizable namesake here than the former president, who is probably the most popular Democrat alive.

But will the change help students? Imani has the story.

Before you move on to the weekend’s headlines, please take a look at your calendar for the evening of Friday, Aug. 23. We’re co-hosting a Student Story Slam at 5:30 p.m. that day featuring students telling tales of real life in Detroit schools. Do join us. Details here, with more to come.

Thanks for reading!

— Koby Levin, reporter


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