Category Archives: Education

School districts receive waivers to start early

old-school-signIf you have kids and are planning a Labor Day trip, you might want to check your child’s school calendar. 50 school districts have received a waiver to start classes before the holiday. Many districts say they need to start earlier because the state is requiring an extra week of school next year. They worry that will mean meeting further into the hot summer months.
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‘Purple mats’ may be the key to increase in oxygen 2.4 billion years ago

Sinkhole_Hoyt_May 30 -31_2012__126 (2)Sinkholes in Lake Huron could hold clues to the oxygenation of Earth 35 hundred million years ago.

That’s because the sinkholes are home to purple mats – microbial organisms that are distant cousins of some of the first life on Earth.

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Foster care bills on Governor’s desk drafted by U of M law students

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Two bills signed into law this week could help keep siblings in foster care together.

We’ve already done some reporting on the bills, but not on the unusual path the bills took to get to Snyder’s desk.

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Governor Snyder signs Detroit schools bailout

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder has signed a 617 (m) million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools.

The plan creates a new debt-free Detroit school district. It will focus on educating the district’s 46 thousand students while the old district pays down the old debt.

The bills signed by the governor also return control of the district to a locally elected school board following seven years of state control.

“So I think we’re on a positive path and I look forward to hopefully what that process happen.”

Critics say the Republican plan isn’t up to the task, and only delays the need for another rescue package or the collapse of the district.

The bills were adopted by the Legislature with no support from Democrats, Detroit lawmakers, or the city’s mayor.