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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.
The state’s top education official says lawmakers should stop allowing new charter schools to open in Michigan.
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. Continue reading →
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 →
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.