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How Good Teachers Are Making a Difference in Metro Detroit's Multiethnic Classrooms

At Kosciuszko Middle School in Hamtramck, at least seven different languages are spoken by students, whose ethnic backgrounds include Yemeni, Bengali, Bosnian, Albanian, Polish, and Lebanese. While this may not be your typical American school, it is a microcosm of the multiethnic city of Hamtramck, home to the country's first Muslim majority city council.

Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. Much of this change has been driven by immigration—it is estimated that 14 percent of the country's population is foreign-born, and this number is expected to continue to grow. How are schools and teachers adapting to these changing demographics? When much of today's political rhetoric on immigration is negative, immigrants and second-generation students are facing unique challenges in the classroom.

Story written Muna Danish of Model D

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Detroit Parents Opt Out of Testing... 
Lansing Should Listen

Story written by Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press

The 450-and-counting Detroit parents who've opted out of this year's state standardized tests are asking a simple question: Why?

City schools test low — predictably, because poverty is strongly correlated to poor academic performance, and the number of Detroit kids who live in poverty is unacceptably high — results the state uses to justify any number of punitive measures, most recently, threatening to close schools the state says are failing.

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