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Northwestern Michigan College and faculty members settle on three year contract

6a3146dbdf81597192112ac03d77c7e4Northwestern Michigan College and its faculty members agreed on a contract that includes an enhanced formal evaluation process, adjustments to a 20 step salary plan and participation in campus decisions.
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While some schools come off the Priority List, many are added

Photo credit - Cheyna Roth

Photo credit – Cheyna Roth

Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. But 184 schools are still on the list.

The Michigan School Reform Office released a list of the bottom five percent of schools based on academic performance Thursday. 31 schools were named so-called priority schools for the first time. The rest have been on the list before. Continue reading

Congressional delegation makes stop in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Today, A delegation of members of Congress went to Flint to listen to the grievances of local residents.

More than 100 people showed up to tell their stories, and attempt to be heard at the national level.

The overarching theme for the event, as Nancy Pelosi addressed a church full of Flint residents, was looking forward.
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CMU geography professor has received Michigan College Science Teacher of the Year award

CMU Professor Mark Francek (far left) on a biking trip with students.

CMU Professor Mark Francek (far left) on a biking trip with students.

A Central Michigan University geography professor can now boast the title of Michigan College Science Teacher of the Year.

Mark Francek received the award after being nominated by his colleagues.

Francek has been teaching at CMU for 27 years. Continue reading

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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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

Michigan schools react to the Every Student Succeeds Act


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

Sault tribe receives $300K for education programs

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently received over a quarter million dollars from the federal government to bolster their education programs. Continue reading

Speaker: Road talks getting in the way of DPS rescue, other big issues

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)

Republican leaders in the state Senate hope to hold a vote this week on a road funding plan.

Many lawmakers are becoming more eager to get roads out of the way so they can move onto other major issues.

Not only does Gov. Rick Snyder want the Legislature this year to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to rescue Detroit Public Schools – lawmakers are also set to take up a major overhaul of Michigan’s energy policy. Continue reading

Early reading bill falls short in state House after seven-hour session

School-GenericA bill meant to improve early literacy in Michigan has hit a snag in the state House.

House leaders gave up on holding a vote on House Bill 4822 after trying for more than seven hours to gain enough support.

Some lawmakers are concerned about requiring schools to hold back third graders who are not proficient in reading – even if they’re making progress and are “doing all the right things.” Continue reading

Lake Superior State University has lowest net-tuition in Michigan


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