Category Archives: Education

NEA president speaks out against efforts to ban teacher ‘sickouts’

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.

The Michigan Legislature is considering bills that would ban so-called teacher sickouts in Michigan. The practice has closed dozens of Detroit schools in recent weeks, as teachers try to draw attention to what they say are deplorable conditions in classrooms. Continue reading

Little Traverse Conservancy gives an excuse to brave the cold

Almost every Saturday this month Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting, what they call, outdoor adventure events.

The events are aimed at getting families outside to appreciate Michigan’s unique winter landscape.
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New book explores the way we construct personal narratives to give our lives meaning

EisenbergTHEPOINTISLeeOn the shelves today The Point Is, is a book that explores the way we build personal narratives to give purpose and meaning to our lives. The author, Lee Eisenberg, is the former editor-in-chief for Esquire Magazine, has worked as a consulting editor for Time magazine, and is the author of several books.

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Juvenile lifers reflect on what Supreme Court decision means for their future

DSC_0284With its ruling the Supreme court has determined that minors given life sentences before 2012 can now seek a review of their cases and make a bid for early release.

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Schools try to understand how to inform their communities in light of new law

IMG_5910_Public schools are trying to decide how best to follow a new law signed by Governor Snyder earlier this month. The measure restricts how public entities can talk about upcoming ballot proposals and millages.

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Old-order Amish communities consider change

IMG_7402Residents and representatives in the Clare Gladwin county are trying to find the right balance between religious freedom and personal safety after a series of Amish buggy collisions culminated in a death this past December.

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Michigan’s support for higher education receives a failing grade

A recent report gives Michigan’s support for higher education a failing grade. graduates

Michigan was graded in six categories including: cost of tuition, state spending per student, the burden placed on families, education as a state priority, state aid to students and racial equity in degree attainment. Continue reading

First step: creating cures from worms

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

More than a quarter million dollars in grant money from the National Institutes of Health was recently awarded to a microbiologist from CMU in order to bolster a certain type of stem cell research.

Dr. Xantha Karp is a CMU professor, and the lead microbiologist on this stem cell research project.
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Michigan lawmakers consider plan to overhaul Detroit Public Schools

DSC03602-BState lawmakers and the public could get their first look tomorrow (Thu.) at legislation to overhaul the Detroit Public Schools. The district faces hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, and a possible default if something isn’t done.
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Saginaw Valley State University hosts growing science competition

 

Opened First Aid Kit

Opened First Aid Kit

I took a trip to Saginaw Valley State University’s campus for this year’s regional HOSA competition.  HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America.

The event is focused on getting high school students involved with every level of the health science field…. and it’s a big field.

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Michigan ranks 35th in national educational report

It appears Michigan schools have room for improvement. The recent release of a nationwide classroom
report that ranks each state’s educational quality, found Michigan to be in the lower half of the country. Continue reading

Snyder scales back proposed overhaul of Detroit schools

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to the process moving. In the face of resistance from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the governor says he wants to break up the work, focusing first on retiring the district’s massive debt.
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Michigan schools react to the Every Student Succeeds Act

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Local school districts are offering their responses to the new education reform act. The measure, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, was signed into law by President Obama on December 11, 2015. It replaces the controversial No Child Left Behind Act.

Sheryl Presler is the superintendent at Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District. She said in the past all districts were measured in exactly the same way, without taking into account important factors such as size, so one or two students could affect overall scores in a small district.  Continue reading

A new vehicle for fun

The Truck and students.

The Truck and students.

This Summer Central Michigan University is rolling out a new program aimed at getting children more active.

The program is called ‘Play on the Way’ and through it, CMU will send out a truck and trailer fully equipped with everything kids need to have fun outdoors.
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Detroit schools rescue plan stalls

Detroit-and-Wayne-County-MAThe Legislature is set to recess next week for the balance of 2015 with some big jobs left undone. Governor Rick Snyder was hoping lawmakers would address what he says is the next stage of the Detroit turnaround — and that is doing something to fix the city’s schools. Instead, the governor, Detroit’s parents, and school kids will have to wait ‘til next year.
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