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Meet the drum major of U of M's marching band

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10 things you need to know about the new school year in Michigan

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Woman Kicked Out of School for 1938 Pregnancy Gets Diploma

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Which Michigan colleges draw the most state grads?

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Job fair, slow roll, town hall top Detroit back-to-school events

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Detroit school board may settle contractor debt

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Detroit schools may pay $28M to settle suit with janitorial company

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Report: Charter teachers less likely to be chronically absent
Teachers in traditional public schools have far worse rates of chronic absenteeism than those who teach in charter schools, according to a report out today. But a union official in Michigan questioned the findings. That report was released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education reform advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., and Ohio. The findings: Nationwide, 28.3% of teachers in traditional public schools are chronically absent, compared to 10   Read More ...
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Teacher shortage shrinks in Detroit’s public schools
Detroit — The Detroit Public Schools Community District has hired an additional 56 teachers in the last two weeks, reducing its teacher shortage to 194 vacancies, but its superintendent said he will continue to search for and hire teachers until that number is zero. At the start of school on Sept. 8, the district had 250 vacancies in its teacher ranks   Read More ...
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Traverse City principal suspended over ‘spirit rock’ removal
Michigan's elementary and middle school students are slowly making gains in math and social studies on the state's tough standardized exam. Wochit. TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan high school principal in is fighting a five-day, unpaid suspension levied over accusations he lied to district administrators over removal of the school’s “spirit rock.” West Senior High School Principal Joe Esper was suspended, effective Monday, after a Traverse City Area Public Schools investigation determined he approved the removal   Read More ...
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Michigan principal suspended over 'spirit rock' removal
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A high school principal in northwest Michigan is fighting a five-day, unpaid suspension levied over accusations he lied to district administrators over removal of the school's "spirit rock." The Record-Eagle reports that West Senior High School Principal Joe Esper was suspended, effective Monday, after a Traverse City Area Public Schools investigation determined he approved the removal   Read More ...
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North Farmington students gain internet fame for senior IDs
Seniors at the school each year are allowed to pose for ID photos dressed in crazy costumes and this year they dressed as their favorite celebrity, movie character or meme. Wochit. You remember ID day in high school, right? We can probably guarantee it was never as fun as it was at North Farmington High School recently. How fun? Seniors at the school each year are allowed to pose for ID photos dressed in crazy costumes and this year they dressed as their favorite celebrity, movie character or meme   Read More ...
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Michigan high schools welcome Chinese exchange students
Ann Arbor — Crystal Jia’s parents wanted her to have a better education. So they sent the 16-year-old from China halfway around the world to enroll at Chelsea High School in Washtenaw County. Jia is one of two Chinese students attending Chelsea High School this school year through the school’s new partnership with BCC International Education group. Dexter Community Schools, Saline Area Schools and Ann Arbor Public Schools began working with BCC International in the last year or two, and some Washtenaw County schools work with other organizations to host students from other countries as well   Read More ...
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Inside Nikolai Vitti’s early effort to transform Detroit’s battered public schools
Tuesday was Nikolai Vitti's first day as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It was a busy day full of interviews, meetings, school visits and a teacher recruitment fair. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Three months after taking on one of the most daunting tasks in American education, Nikolai Vitti was having a fit over pizza — $340,000 worth of pizza   Read More ...
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Meet the drum major of U of M's marching band
VIDEO - University of Michigan Marching Band drum major Kevin Zhang. A 2014 Northville High School graduate, Zhang now leads the 400-member band that regularly entertains 100,000-plus people at Michigan Stadium. Wochit. Kevin Zhang's performance enthusiasm has taken him from the football field at Northville High School to the Big House — Michigan Stadium. Zhang, a 2014 Northville graduate, is this season's drum major for the University of Michigan marching band, leading marchers through pregame and halftime shows at Wolverines football games and helping coach them during rehearsals   Read More ...
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Videos show school shooting suspect playing with guns
Rockford, Wash. — The student accused of shooting a classmate to death at a Washington state high school and wounding three others had posted videos online showing him playing with guns, including one where he pretends to hunt for a drug dealer. Classmates at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, knew about the videos. Junior Paul Fricke told The Spokesman-Review newspaper that “we knew he had an assault rifle, because he uses it in his YouTube videos   Read More ...
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Readers speak out on education
Quality education is a three-legged stool. It consists of responsible parenting, money and teachers. The path of least resistance has always been to blame it all on the lack of money. We can now see how well throwing trillions of dollars into President Johnson's great society programs has worked to eliminate poverty in our cities. Test scores in school systems like the DPS will never improve as long as parents are left out of the equation   Read More ...
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1 dead, 3 hurt in Washington state high school shooting
Rockford, Wash. — A shooter opened fire at a high school in Washington state Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least three others, authorities said. Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one person died at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, and three injured victims were taken to a hospital   Read More ...
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Program lets students check out ‘virtual’ library card
Sterling Heights — Local libraries are offering a new take on checking out books and resources — a virtual library card. Libraries are opening all their online resources to Utica Community Schools public school students in partnership with local communities. The students of Utica Community Schools, grades K-12, will be given log-ins and pin numbers that will allow them to digitally access special collections and reference resources at the libraries   Read More ...
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City Year Detroit kickoff gets big boost from Dan Gilbert's company
A program that places young adults into Detroit schools to provide support to students and teachers is kicking off today, and it's beginning the year with a $700,000 investment from Dan Gilbert's Quicken Loans. That big investment will allow City Year Detroit to expand to reach more students and schools next year. The kickoff for this year, taking place later this afternoon at Campus Martius, will introduce AmeriCorps members – all young adults between the ages of 18 to 25, who will spend the year in seven schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District   Read More ...
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Teacher sues Detroit district, mayor over school water
A Detroit teacher is suing the district, Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials, alleging that students were poisoned by contaminated drinking water at a school. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday, Katrina Brown, a teacher with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, alleges she was retaliated against, harassed and forced to withdraw from teaching because she refused to allow the district “to poison” the children she teaches   Read More ...
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Detroit teacher files $10M lawsuit against school district, Mayor Mike Duggan
A Detroit teacher today filed a $10-million federal lawsuit against the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Mayor Mike Duggan and others, alleging she was retaliated against for raising concerns about what she claims is unsafe water at her school. The lawsuit says Katarina Brown was reprimanded in front of the entire staff, transferred from J.R. King Elementary to another school, had her performance ranking lowered, was harassed and threatened and ultimately suspended for raising concerns after King was identified as having high levels of copper   Read More ...
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Fixing Michigan's schools: Education crisis by the numbers
Buy Photo. The Detroit News editorial page just made a major commitment to explore the state of Michigan’s public education system, as well as ideas for fixing it. The basis of this multi-month campaign is the belief that the state’s public education system, especially at the K-12 level, is in deep crisis; that Michigan’s schools are being outperformed by most American states as well as a majority of the developed countries of the world   Read More ...
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Detroit begins new era on first day of school
Detroit — Tuesday was not only the first day of school for students at Detroit Public Schools Community District, it was the beginning of a new chapter for the district, which has a new superintendent and locally elected school board for the first time in nearly a decade. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti spent much of Tuesday morning visiting students in schools across DPSCD and gathering his first impressions of the district’s first day of business for its nearly 48,000 students and its staff   Read More ...
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In Detroit schools, plenty of excitement, not enough teachers
The day after Labor Day is the official start of the school year for most of Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. Detroit Free Press staff. Buy Photo. The first day of the school year for the Detroit Public Schools Community District began with hope and excitement. At Bethune Elementary-Middle School, students received free backpacks. At Mumford High School, the principal said enrollment so far is surpassing projections   Read More ...
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10 things you need to know about the new school year in Michigan
The day after Labor Day is the official start of the school year for most of Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. Detroit Free Press staff. Buy Photo. The kids look spiffy in their new back-to-school gear. Now that they're off for the first day of school, it's time to set aside the school-supply lists and focus on what's ahead for K-12 education in Michigan   Read More ...
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Here are the top public elementary schools in Michigan, according to review site
DETROIT - The researchers at Niche.com continue to rank the best schools in the state of Michigan. This time their attention has turned to public elementary schools. According to Niche, "the 2018 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education   Read More ...
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Report finds chronic absenteeism a problem in Michigan schools
At 660 schools in the state of Michigan, more than 30% of the students are chronically absent, according to a newly released report on chronic absenteeism in the nation's schools. That number — which represents 19% of all schools in Michigan — puts the state well above the national average for the percent of schools with extreme levels of chronic absenteeism   Read More ...
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Public schools push to banish Confederate icons
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Join forces in community to move Detroit education ahead
I am writing in response to Nancy Kaffer’s recent article, “Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to charters: Come at me, bro” on Aug. 23. As the CEO of University Prep Schools, one of Detroit’s longest-standing, nonprofit public charter school systems, I believe it’s time we end the charter school versus non-charter school rhetoric and join forces as community leaders, educators and parents to devote our energy to improving the lives of children throughout Detroit   Read More ...
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Woman Kicked Out of School for 1938 Pregnancy Gets Diploma
She told the superintendent that failing to get a high school diploma was one of the biggest regrets of her life. GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman has received her high school diploma eight decades after being kicked out of school for being pregnant. Iris Weatherwax, 97, was given an honorary diploma, cap and gown on Wednesday, The Flint Journal reported   Read More ...
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Lawsuit: Detroit schools breached former deputy superintendent's contract
A former deputy superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District has sued the district in Wayne County Circuit Court, saying his contract was breached when he was terminated in June. Kenneth Tokarz, who was the deputy superintendent of operations and auxiliary services, was hired in December and had a contract that expired in June 2019. He was let go during Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's reorganization of the central office staff   Read More ...
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Here are Michigan's top SAT scoring high schools
Domino's and Ford to begin testing driverless pizza delivery | 1:09 Domino's and Ford want to see if customers like walking out to a driverless delivery vehicle when their pizza arrives. Detroit Free Press staff. Some of the many ways you can help Harvey victims | 1:13 Harvey hit southeast Texas as a Category 4 hurricane Friday. Officials think more than 30,000 people will need temporary shelter   Read More ...
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Database: Search college enrollment rates by school or district
As thousands of recent Michigan public high school graduates head to college this month, we take a look at the colleges and universities in the state that are top destinations for students. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press. A total of 62,653 students or 61.5% of the Class of 2016 enrolled in college within six months of graduation. Female high school graduates were more likely to attend college at 66% compared with males at 57%, according to the latest college enrollment data from the state   Read More ...
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Woman kicked out of school for 1938 baby gets diploma
Grand Blanc Township — A Michigan woman has received her high school diploma eight decades after being kicked out of school for being pregnant. Iris Weatherwax, 97, was given an honorary diploma, cap and gown on Wednesday, The Flint Journal reported . She said receiving the diploma was wonderful. Davison Community Schools Superintendent Eric Lieske said Weatherwax told him that failing to get a high school diploma was one of the biggest regrets of her life   Read More ...
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Sodexo lawsuit against Detroit schools officially over after $28M settlement
A federal lawsuit against the Detroit school district is officially over. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith signed off on the dismissal of the lawsuit today, more than a week after the district's board of education approved a $28-million settlement with Sodexo Management, the janitorial services company. The board on Aug. 15 approved the settlement that would pay the company over two years, with the first payment of $16 million coming this month   Read More ...
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Letter: Don’t force students into sub-par schools
Buy Photo. The Detroit News published an editorial (“Court wrong place to enforce literacy,” Aug. 16) concerning a lawsuit in which we represent seven students who attend five public schools in Detroit. While we appreciate The News shining a light on the important issues presented in the litigation, the editorial does misconstrue the fundamental aims and the underlying premises of the case   Read More ...
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Which Michigan colleges draw the most state grads?
As thousands of recent Michigan public high school graduates head to college this month, we take a look at the colleges and universities in the state that are top destinations for students. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press. Thousands of Michigan students who graduated from high school this spring will be arriving on college campuses this month, ready to begin their college careers   Read More ...
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Flint schoolchildren need expanded special education services, lawyers argue
Pipes at 1,492 homes have been replaced so far through Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press. Attorneys for local and state school officials say they agree that some Flint schoolchildren exposed to lead will require special education services. But they argued in federal court this afternoon that a lawsuit to force them to provide those services isn't the answer   Read More ...
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Detroit's Vitti to charters: Come at me, bro
Tuesday was Nikolai Vitti's first day as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It was a busy day full of interviews, meetings, school visits and a teacher recruitment fair. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press. Shouldn't parents trapped in failing schools have options? That's the way proponents of charter schools and vouchers that would allow parents to pay for private school with taxpayer dollars have framed the legitimacy of the school-choice movement   Read More ...
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Superintendent Nikolai Vitti: Parents are key to rebuilding Detroit schools
Nikolai Vitti, the new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference earlier this month. Wochit. Part of rebuilding a broken Detroit school system may lie in building up parents so they're better able to advocate for their children and be engaged in their learning. And for Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, achieving that will come in the form of creating parent academies that offer classes to parents on a wide range of topics   Read More ...
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Vitti to address state of education in Detroit
Detroit — Nikolai Vitti, the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, will discuss the state of education in the city Tuesday at Wayne County Community College District’s Downtown Campus. Vitti, installed in May in the district, is expected to address a series of issues facing the district in the 90-minute forum, including a districtwide teacher shortage, beginning at 11 a   Read More ...
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Teacher shortage looms over Detroit
Buy Photo. A significant teacher shortage looms at Detroit Public Schools Community District, and it’s likely to leave some children without teachers when school starts in two weeks. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week 340 teacher vacancies remain in the district, which employs about 2,700 teachers and educates an estimated 47,950 students. There are 243 general education vacancies, primarily in grades K-5, and 97 special education vacancies   Read More ...
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You can help shape the future of Detroit schools
Nikolai Vitti, the new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference earlier this month. Wochit. Detroit residents have a chance to help shape the future of the Detroit Public Schools Community District in a series of meetings that will be held over the next two weeks. First, though, the district's board of education, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and key central office administrators began the process of developing a strategic plan during a daylong retreat Saturday on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor   Read More ...
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Job fair, slow roll, town hall top Detroit back-to-school events
The Detroit Public Schools Community District held a STEMFest, featuring a ton of activities related to science, technology, engineering and math. Also featured were displays of career/tech programs and a race car built by students. Wochit. Buy Photo. It's a busy time in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, as officials try to fill classes with teachers and students in preparation for the Sept   Read More ...
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Educators line up for Detroit recruitment fair
Brian Murphy knows Detroit’s school district needs hundreds more teachers as the academic year approaches. And on Thursday, he joined about 150 potential hires at a recruitment fair to help fill those open spots. “I’m looking for that opportunity to shine, to be the person I set out to be,” said the Metro Detroit native, who most recently worked at a charter school, while awaiting an interview for a social studies position   Read More ...
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Who wants to teach in Detroit? 150 come out to job fair; district to hire more than 200
Nikolai Vitti, the new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference earlier this month. Wochit. Buy Photo. If there's a silver lining in the extreme teacher shortages facing the Detroit Public Schools Community District, it's in the roughly 150 people who showed up today for a job fair, hoping to find positions in the district   Read More ...
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