Category Archives: Education

Summer camps encourage learning and fun


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Students have been out of school for a while now, so long that school supply displays are starting to pop up in store and parents may be counting the days until they go back.

But just because they’re not in school doesn’t mean kids aren’t learning, many Michigan students spent part of their summers at educational camps.
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Michigan schools continue to struggle under emergency management

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It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Michigan’s revamped emergency manager law took effect. Thirteen Michigan cities and five school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.

Regardless of your thoughts about the idea of the state appointing unelected officials to take control over cities and schools – it’s fair to say there have been some successes on the municipal front. Seven cities are now transitioning back to full local control. Only one municipal emergency manager remains on the job. Continue reading

Northwestern Michigan College joins international study abroad effort

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has joined an international effort to boost the number of students studying abroad.

NMC has partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad program to help push students to study the world. Continue reading

SVSU updates their non-discriminatory policy to include protections for the transgender community

SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
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‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

Lake Superior State University has lowest net-tuition in Michigan

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A new study shows Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has Michigan’s lowest net-tuition rate for public universities.

The recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education ranked LSSU first among the state’s 15 public universities for net-tuition costs. Continue reading

Davenport University announces restructuring of several mid-Michigan campuses

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davenportDavenport University announced on Thursday they’ll begin to restructure several of their mid-Michigan locations.

Some of those changes includes a merger of the Flint and Kalamazoo campus with local community colleges, such as Mott Community College in Flint.

That merger will take place this fall. Continue reading

Republican lawmakers blast OU, EMU tuition hikes, hint at added penalties in future

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State lawmakers could consider adding new penalties for universities that hike tuition above the state’s cap on tuition increases.

This year, lawmakers set that cap at 3.2 percent. Continue reading

Snyder signs law meant to prevent more cash-strapped schools from closing

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble. Continue reading

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading

The Magna Carta turns 800 years old

The first draft was signed by King John on June 15th 1215 AD

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

Michigan awarded Federal Grant to feed kids during summer

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A five and a half million dollar grant will provide students from around Michigan with money for food.

The grant from the US Department of Agriculture will allow several school districts around the state to provide summer meals to students. Continue reading

Ferris recognized by NSA for Information Security and Intelligence Program

ferrisstateFerris State University is receiving a national recognition for their efforts to train a new generation of cyber-security professionals.

The recognition comes from the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading

Snyder signs law cutting off welfare for families with truant kids

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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

Incoming state superintendent wants to reduce testing, keep watch on homeschoolers

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The incoming state superintendent says he wants to cut down on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.

Brian Whiston answered questions from lawmakers on Wednesday for the first time. He says the state may need to move away from the brand new M-STEP exam. Continue reading

New K-12 budget includes early literacy funding

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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