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Michigan Officials Say a Struggling School Should Close. Residents See Racism. In Benton Harbor, a small city beside Lake Michigan, the high school binds generations and strangers. This is a place where basketball games are a highlight of the social calendar, where signs celebrating state championships are placed at the edge of city limits, where residents say what year they graduated when they introduce themselves. For years, Benton Harbor’s school system had faced dismal fiscal conditions, miserable academic rankings and intense scrutiny from the state. But when Michigan voters chose a new governor last November, it was seen as a hopeful sign in Benton Harbor. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who won more than 90 percent of the vote in this city, presented herself as a supporter of investment in struggling places, a defender of public schools, someone who cared about Benton Harbor. New York Times

• Detroit News: Benton Harbor tests morality of Whitmer’s regime

• Detroit Free Press: Closing high school won't help Benton Harbor, or the city's students

• WoodTV: Benton Harbor leaders lay out reasons to keep district

• Detroit News: In Benton Harbor, do what's best for students

• Bridge: As deadline passes, Benton Harbor and state negotiate fate of high school


Metro Detroit


Detroit schools get water stations that filter toxins: School officials in Detroit are near the end of a plan to install new water stations at all 105 school buildings after drinking water was shut off last August due to excessive levels of lead and copper. New water stations that use filtration technology to remove lead, copper and other contaminants have been installed in 82 of the 105 classroom buildings in Detroit Public Schools Community District. The remaining schools are expected to have stations installed by the end of June. The district is spending about $2.7 million to purchase and install hydration stations before the start of the school year in September. The majority of funding came from the business and philanthropic community. Detroit News


Harrison High students say goodbye to their school: Emma Miesner found herself choking up as she climbed the stairs for the last time in the three-story Harrison High School in Farmington Hills. “I usually complain about going up those stairs,” she said on Friday, June 14, the last day of school -- ever -- at Harrison. The Farmington Public Schools is closing the nearly 50-year-old school at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road due to declining enrollment. After their last final exams, Miesner and a group of friends took pictures of each other on the third floor. Oakland Press


Survey: Most favor HVS school tax proposals: Most residents surveyed about whether they think a $182 million Huron Valley Schools bond proposal should pass said yes. The November 2019 ballot questions will include a 7-mill debt bond extension that will generate $182 million and a .9 mill sinking fund renewal that will raise $21 million to $24 million over 10 years. If the debt bond question doesn’t pass it will drop down to approximately 4 mills and will continue to shrink as the debt is paid off. Spinal Column




Michigan schools face huge racial disparity — and it's hard to fix: When it comes to diversity, it's teachers rather than students who are falling behind in school. Teaching staffs in Michigan, like those across the country, have been much slower to diversify than the student bodies they teach. Michigan's student population is 18% African American, but its public school teaching ranks are only 6% black. More than half of Michigan school districts have no African American teachers. For Hispanics, the disparity is even greater. They compose 8% of the student population, but barely 1% of Michigan teachers. Detroit Free Press

• Detroit Free Press: These 15 Michigan school districts have worst teacher-student racial gap


See per-pupil spending, revenues for 2017-18 for any Michigan school district, charter school: Michigan public schools spent an average of $10,548 per student in 2017-18, up 3.3% from $10,209 in 2016-17, according to data recently released by the Michigan Department of Education. Revenues averaged $10,190 per student in 2016-17, compared to $9,910 the previous year. In the six years between 2017-18 and 2011-12, average expenditures increased 11% and average revenues increased 12%. That’s slightly above the inflation rate of 8% during that time. MLive


Saginaw schools may expand Success Academy to help more struggling students: For seven years Arshen Baldwin has been helping at-risk students get their high school credits they need in order to graduate. Now, the Saginaw Public School District wants to expand Baldwin’s program to help other students in the district. The 2019-20 district budget calls for the Success Academy, which is the program Baldwin runs, to be moved from its current location inside of the Saginaw Career Complex, 2102 Weiss, in Saginaw Township, to the Ricker Annex Center, 1925 S Outer Drive, in Buena Vista Township. MLive


College and university


‘They all kind of live through me’: What it means to be first in your family to go to college: By the time Esther Garcia reached her senior year of high school, she had built an impressive brag sheet. She was co-founder of a community service club that collects art supply donations and helps the homeless. She ran cross-country and took the most rigorous classes at her Northern Virginia high school, maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Washington Post




New high school trend: Viral gradu-shaming speeches: Opinion. Most folks over 35 will agree, high school today isn’t the way they remember it. Here’s an example: two weeks ago, in what’s becoming a national trend, a California valedictorian named Nataly Buhr used parts of her speech to trash her school. “To my counselor, thank you for letting me fend for myself — you were always unavailable,” Buhr said, sarcastically. To the administration: “Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars.” Buhr even accused a teacher of showing up drunk. “To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year, thank you for using yourself to teach these students about the dangers of alcoholism.” Detroit Free Press


A Popular Social Studies Curriculum Got an Internal Review. The Findings Weren’t Pretty: When Nikita Walker, a parent in Rutherford County, Tenn., saw that her daughter’s homework asked the then-5th grader to write a few sentences in support of slavery, she was confused—and angry. Walker’s daughter was given the assignment last year in an issue of Studies Weekly, a national social studies publication that presents lessons on history, government, and society in a newspaper format, designed to be consumed week-by-week. Education Week


Complaining About Students Is Toxic. Here Are 4 Ways to Stop: As a teacher, I spent many mornings waiting in line to make copies for my lessons that day. Coffee in hand, I competed with my fellow waiting colleagues in the Misery Olympics of Teaching: We’d banter back and forth about whose teaching life was more miserable. Some of those complaints were about our own lives, like this: “I was in grad class until 10 p.m. last night and then I had to grade 30 essays.” But invariably, part of our griping was about our students. Education Week




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