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State launches ’21 to Buy, not Supply’ campaign

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State officials are launching a new campaign called 21 to buy not supply to remind young adults not to supply minors with alcohol.


Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.

Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.

“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”

Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.

A Central Michigan University researcher uses a new method to target diseased cells

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

The method is called nano-delivery. It sends drugs directly to diseased cells in the lungs, without harming surrounding cells.
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While some schools come off the Priority List, many are added

Photo credit - Cheyna Roth

Photo credit – Cheyna Roth

Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. But 184 schools are still on the list.

The Michigan School Reform Office released a list of the bottom five percent of schools based on academic performance Thursday. 31 schools were named so-called priority schools for the first time. The rest have been on the list before. Continue reading

State school officials say M-STEP Scores are a success

act-test1At least half of students in every grade scored “below proficient” on every subject of this year’s state standardized test, M-STEP. Still, the Department of Education is happy with the improvements that have been made.

The results show improvement in two-thirds of the grades and subjects tested compared to last year. For example, fifth, sixth, and eighth grade showed an improvement in English Language Arts, with fifth graders improving by 1.9 percent. But social studies scores in all three grades tested were down, with fifth graders scoring over 3 percent worse than last year. Overall, improvements were generally limited to a percentage point or two. Continue reading

Grants awarded to help prepare children for school

e8475de0344e92d68bc6745bc5ea0d46 (1)The grants are called home visitation grants. They were awarded to 15 intermediate school districts.

Bill DiSessa is the spokesperson for the Michigan department of Education.

He said the grants will help young children get extra attention to prepare them for school.

“ We’re talking about young children before they get into the K-12 system. To get them an early head start if you will on learning. And with research showing the positive result that can come at that- at such an early start. “

DiSessa said grants have been awarded in districts including Saginaw and Ingham county.

The funding is expected to help 600 families prepare kids for school.