Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat

Lori Higgins


Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Lori:

Educators must ‘dig deeper” to help homeless students

Detroit schools struggle to identify students who are homeless. Here’s what one teen says they can do. → Read More

New Detroit program gives support staff a path to become DPSCD teachers

The DPSCD launched a new alternative teacher certification program for support staff and others looking to switch careers. → Read More

Some worried Michigan health officials nix their mask mandates

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called budget language about school mask mandates unconstitutional, but some local health officials worry about losing funding. → Read More

New Marygrove early childhood center helps boost Detroit neighborhood

The Marygrove Early Childhood Education Center in Detroit is one of the major initiatives of the Hope Starts Here effort that seeks to provide quality options for young children. → Read More

Enrollment optimism, safety worries after week one in Detroit schools

Early enrollment numbers in the Detroit school district has Superintendent Nikolai Vitti feeling "cautiously optimistic," as some students and teachers raise concerns about class sizes and COVID safety → Read More

Could a COVID vaccine mandate be on the way for Detroit school staff?

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is spending $70 million for COVID testing for students and staff. → Read More

Detroit students hustle into class, masked up and temperature checked

The Detroit Public Schools Community District had 50,000 students enrolled on the first day of school, but it may take home visits to get all of them in the classroom. → Read More

Michigan will release M-STEP results soon. Here’s what to expect.

The results will provide the first statewide look at how well students have met academic expectations since the pandemic started disrupting learning. Students took the exams in the spring. → Read More

Masks now required for all students in Wayne County

Masks are required for all K-12 schools and day care facilities, thanks to a new order from the Wayne County Health Department. → Read More

Report: Homeless students are undercounted and underserved in Detroit. Schools struggle to find them.

Researchers who studied data on Detroit’s homeless student population say schools should invest in helping staff better identify students who need services. → Read More

Find out which Michigan districts are requiring masks and which aren’t

This mask policy tracker, which now includes dozens of school districts, will continually be updated until the official start of the school year on Sept. 7. → Read More

The Detroit school board approves masks for all while inside buildings

The mask mandate and testing are among the COVID safety protocols included in the district’s reopening plan, which the Detroit school board approved Tuesday. → Read More

How Chalkbeat readers want to protect Michigan schools from COVID

Masks. Social distancing. Vaccinations. Chalkbeat readers are divided over what COVID safety measures Michigan schools should employ for the new school year. → Read More

Michigan urges schools to follow CDC guidelines on masks for students and staff

Michigan’s health department issued new guidance to schools that recommend masks be worn by all, but doesn’t mandate it. → Read More

Detroit district agrees to pay $2000 in hazard pay to teach in person

The Detroit district also outlined safety protocols, which include mandatory COVID testing for unvaccinated staff and a required 3 feet of social distancing. → Read More

What will it take to recover from the pandemic? In the Detroit district, home visits are a key part of the strategy

The Detroit Public Schools Community District is investing $11 million in federal coronavirus relief dollars to continue its efforts to connect with families through home visits. → Read More

New Skillman president will bring a passion for racial equity to Detroit children

Angelique Power will become the next president and CEO of Detroit’s Skillman Foundation, and plans to build on work around racial justice for children. → Read More

3 things to know if you missed Tuesday’s Detroit school board meeting

The Detroit school board meeting Tuesday covered topics including holding back struggling students, providing incentives for good grades and attendance, and options for advanced classes. → Read More

Tell us: How would limits on teaching about racism and social justice affect your Michigan classroom?

Michigan teachers would be limited in what they could teach about how race and racism have shaped American history under Republican-backed legislation. → Read More

Detroit’s religious, school, and union leaders say it’s time to get back to in-person learning

In Detroit, where COVID vaccination rates have lagged, DPSCD, religious, and union leaders are urging students and staff to "take the shot." → Read More