The first draft was signed by King John on June 15th 1215 AD
June 15th, 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of a very important piece of English history. For the first time in England, law had been written down that gave rights of appeal to the people, limiting powers of dictatorial oligarchies. The impacts it had on its people 800 years ago still ripples through world governments today. Continue reading →
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a new law tying welfare benefits to school attendance.
For more than two years, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy has ended cash assistance for families with children who persistently miss school. House Bill 4041 cements that policy in state law. Continue reading →
The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year.
The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. Every school district in the state will see a funding bump of $70 to $140 per student under the new K-through-12 budget the Legislature just sent to Governor Rick Snyder. Continue reading →
Central Michigan University is preparing to host what is being billed as a global summit on early childhood.
In two weeks (June 3-5), the campus will welcome policy makers, health care providers, educators and the public to a weekend event focusing on issues affecting the development of young children. Continue reading →
A bill meant to improve teacher evaluations across Michigan has cleared the state Senate.
Similar legislation never got out of the Senate last year. Bill sponsor state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) says Senate Bill 103 relies less on state standardized tests to evaluate teachers and administrators. Continue reading →
Soon-to-be mothers in the eastern U-P had the chance recently to learn about the importance of perinatal vaccinations.
Nursing students from Lake Superior State University presented information on the value of perinatal vaccinations to hundreds of expectant mothers and their families. It was part of a community wide baby shower. Continue reading →
Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol. Their target was Governor Rick Snyder’s latest turnaround plan for the Detroit Public Schools. Continue reading →
The state House has approved its plan to fund K-12 schools, colleges, and universities through the next fiscal year. The proposal would boost education funding by more than $200 million over the current year. Continue reading →
Lake Superior State University is planning a 12 million dollar renovation of its aquatic research laboratory.
Ashley Moerke (mer-key) is a professor of Biology and co-director of the aquatic research lab at Lake Superior State University.
“What we’ve proposed is a 12 million dollar expansion of our existing aquatic research laboratory at Lake Superior State University. And this is a building that would be enhancing our capabilities in areas of freshwater research, public education and outreach, student training and in community involvement in our region.”
Moerke said the project would be funded with state funds and that it’s a priority in the governor’s budget.
She said state funding would cover 75 percent of project costs. The rest will come from fundraising and private donations.
The project aims to create new facilities for students to get hands-on experience.
It would also create a center for the general public, in an attempt to educate the community about issues facing the Great Lakes.
“We’re working on it being a true center. So we’re trying to bring in collaborators from other agencies, from other universities that will conduct research at our center for freshwater research and education, that may have offices in that center. So it will provide a community of experts of Great Lakes issues in this region.”
The project will begin as soon as funding is secured.
Statewide assessment testing started last week for many schools across the state. But this year, pencil and paper are a thing of the past with the state implementing a new electronic form of testing. Continue reading →