Category Archives: Education

State Board of Education considers taking Snyder to court over executive order

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The state Board of Education (SBE) is considering a court challenge to an executive order signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The order takes control of Michigan’s School Reform Office away from the elected SBE and state education officials. It puts the office, which is meant to oversee Michigan’s lowest performing schools, directly under Snyder’s control.
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Grand Traverse County College faculty vote to unionize

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Officials at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City said their faculty has voted to unionize.

Officials said faculty voted to join the Michigan Education Association.

Marguerite Cotto is with Northwestern Michigan College.

“This is a change in status for faculty that is not driven by questions of compensation- basic salary or wages- this is a very different type of conversation that is emerging for a desire to have a different role and scope of conversation within the college,” Cotto said.

She said the vote was 65 to 16 in favor of unionizing. One vote was not counted due to a spoiled ballot.

Cotto said students shouldn’t notice any changes from the vote.

MEA certification is scheduled for March 23.

Michigan Historical Commission approves four new historical markers

MI_His_CenterResidents and tourists in Michigan have some new historical destinations to learn about.

The Michigan Historical Commission has added four new historical markers to the more than 1700 green and gold signs found across the state. Continue reading

State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars

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State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $500 billion dollar budget hole.

The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund. Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments. Continue reading

New bill aims to offer high school students new options for college credit

School Cafeteria State lawmakers have introduced a bill that they say will help counter the rising cost of higher education, giving they say high school students an earlier chance to earn credits at a four-year University.

Right now, dual enrollment is allowed only at community colleges. Continue reading

Fifth-grader enrollment for emergency preparedness program grows

schoolsMore schools in Michigan are enrolling their fifth graders in a state program that aims to prepare them for emergencies.

It’s called Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP. It’s a curriculum that helps teachers prepare students for emergencies like tornadoes, flooding and storms. Continue reading

CMU awarded $10,000 for pilot alternative credit project

Central Michigan University is one of the 25 schools in the nation to receive a grant for a project for nontraditional transfer students.

Officials said the pilot program would allow certain transfer students, to transfer credits from a wider array of institutions potentially including credits from free or low-cost institutions.

CMU is the only recipient in Michigan to be awarded a grant for the ACE Alternative Credit Project.

The American Council on Education Alternative Credit Project awarded a total of $1.86 million to schools. CMU Global Campus officials said they received a $10,000 grant.

Many of the accepted transfer schools are low or no cost institutions. Continue reading