Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat

Lori Higgins


Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Lori:

A Detroit high school could get its old name back, and pay tribute to the late John Conyers

Alumni of Northwestern High School have pushed the school district to reverse a decision made years ago that changed the school's name. → Read More

Why the Detroit school district is investing in its newest teachers by giving them mentors

More than 100 teachers who are new to the profession have been paired with veteran teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, thanks to new partnership. → Read More

Detroit board OKs student input on teacher evaluations, but reduces its impact

The Detroit school district will use the results of student surveys when evaluating teacher performance. → Read More

Vitti says enrollment is up in the Detroit school district

Increasing enrollment is crucial to the success of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. → Read More

Three possible ballot proposals in 2020 could have a big impact on Detroit schools, students

One of the potential school elections that could be on the ballot in 2020 is the renewal of a millage that has helped the Detroit school district provide salary increases → Read More

Could Gov. Whitmer’s vetoes be good news for special education, early childhood funding?

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved 16 state budgets Monday, but vetoed $128 million in K-12 school aid spending she described as "legislative pork." → Read More

A look at how we plan to cover education in Detroit this school year — and how you can help

Chalkbeat Detroit is seeking your helping as we fine-tune our plans to cover education in Detroit during the school year that just started. → Read More

Detroit district schools could get more flexibility in meting out student discipline

The district has seen substantial drops in student suspensions in the last year, but officials say some changes are needed to the student code of conduct. → Read More

Push to improve Detroit school attendance is starting to pay off

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told Detroit school board members that the rate of chronic absenteeism was 63% at the end of the school year. → Read More

Detroit buying abandoned Kettering High for $2.6M to lure auto suppliers

The city hopes that FCA's new Jeep plant will draw suppliers looking for space on Detroit's east side. → Read More

DPS has a new idea: Send vans to pick up absent kids in Detroit

The district plans to purchase six 10-passenger vans to be used — likely by attendance agents — to pick up chronically absent students. → Read More

70% of Detroit students are chronically absent. Here's how the school district fights it

The Detroit schools are spending $9 million to put an attendance agent in nearly every one of its 106 schools. → Read More

Detroit schools to close for Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr for first time

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. Detroit schools will close to observe it May 2020. → Read More

Detroit schools superintendent calls for extra pay for some teachers, principals

Detroit schools superintendent calls for extra pay for some teachers, principals → Read More

Detroit schools use African-centered studies to foster academic success

Two schools in Detroit district use programs to put African people, places at center of studies to help kids understand history and culture. → Read More

Detroit teachers deal with growing pains — and victories — of new curriculum

Detroit schools are more than halfway through their first year of using a more demanding English and math curriculum. → Read More

Survey: Michigan educators like their own schools, but urge young people to stay away from their profession

Survey: Michigan educators like their own schools, but urge young people to stay away from their profession → Read More

Saturday class to help Detroit students qualify for free college tuition

Class aims to help more Detroit high school students score high enough on SAT or ACT to qualify for free tuition at 4-year colleges → Read More

Michigan expulsions are down. Here's why we shouldn't celebrate yet

Expulsions are down 12 percent since laws intended to decrease them took effect in 2017, but schools may be finding ways around requirements → Read More

Report: Michigan has biggest school funding decline in nation

Michigan's school funding system is in need of serious repair, researchers say. → Read More