The new test is called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. 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.
Dr. Gary Dunbar has accomplished alot in his 33 years here at Central Michigan University. From being with the neuroscience program from the beginning, to seeing it become top in the nation in 2013. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).
State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.
Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.
Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.
Now-dissolved Buena Vista School District has a large debt from its dissolution process. Its remaining debt could be paid off in the near future under legislation approved by the state Senate, this week.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan. Continue reading
Last spring, CMU enrolled more than 4,000 transfer students.
Now, work is continuing on a new college program aimed at making it easier for universities to accept more transfer credits.
Michigan schools could hold up to three bake sales per week during school hours under a bill approved by the state Senate.
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.
The elected state Board of Education previously had control over the state School Reform Office.
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.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told state lawmakers a moratorium on charter school creation would help stabilize enrollment at traditional public schools – especially ones in high poverty areas.
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
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
Central Michigan University is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of its oldest hall.
University officials have approved $10.8 million to renovate and expand Grawn Hall. Grawn is mainly used for business classes. Continue reading
A state board has approved taking on debt to come up with $50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.
Ferris State University officials announced, Monday, a $5 million donation to its College of Pharmacy — the largest donation ever received by the university.
His message was that teachers, at all levels, are vital to the future of the country, given the role they play in preparing young people for careers and life.
Saginaw Public Schools will have to come up with a new deficit elimination plan due to a lack of support to shut down Saginaw High by its school board, at Wednesday’s meeting.
Central Michigan University announced this week that it plans to offer a Masters of Engineering Degree.
Central Michigan University announced this week that plans remain on schedule for two College of Medicine campus sites in Saginaw.