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 →
A bill meant to improve teacher evaluations across Michigan has cleared the state Senate.
Similar legislation never got out of the Senate last year. Bill sponsor state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) says Senate Bill 103 relies less on state standardized tests to evaluate teachers and administrators. Continue reading →
Soon-to-be mothers in the eastern U-P had the chance recently to learn about the importance of perinatal vaccinations.
Nursing students from Lake Superior State University presented information on the value of perinatal vaccinations to hundreds of expectant mothers and their families. It was part of a community wide baby shower. Continue reading →
Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol. Their target was Governor Rick Snyder’s latest turnaround plan for the Detroit Public Schools. Continue reading →
Lake Superior State University is planning a 12 million dollar renovation of its aquatic research laboratory.
Ashley Moerke (mer-key) is a professor of Biology and co-director of the aquatic research lab at Lake Superior State University.
“What we’ve proposed is a 12 million dollar expansion of our existing aquatic research laboratory at Lake Superior State University. And this is a building that would be enhancing our capabilities in areas of freshwater research, public education and outreach, student training and in community involvement in our region.”
Moerke said the project would be funded with state funds and that it’s a priority in the governor’s budget.
She said state funding would cover 75 percent of project costs. The rest will come from fundraising and private donations.
The project aims to create new facilities for students to get hands-on experience.
It would also create a center for the general public, in an attempt to educate the community about issues facing the Great Lakes.
“We’re working on it being a true center. So we’re trying to bring in collaborators from other agencies, from other universities that will conduct research at our center for freshwater research and education, that may have offices in that center. So it will provide a community of experts of Great Lakes issues in this region.”
The project will begin as soon as funding is secured.
Statewide assessment testing started last week for many schools across the state. But this year, pencil and paper are a thing of the past with the state implementing a new electronic form of testing. Continue reading →
Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent’s expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.
Cruises across the Great Lakes are slowly becoming a part of the region’s culture, and new offerings are promising travelers a journey not just across the lakes, but also through time. 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 →
It’s Veterans’ Day – a day to appreciate and recognize those who have fought for our country – and state officials are using the occasion to inform veterans about benefits that are available to them. Continue reading →
People who interact with children and young adults with special needs are being invited to a special conference on the campus of Central Michigan University this weekend.
The focus of the conference will be improving communication skills between parents and professionals to help young people with special needs, said Sarah Cassavaugh. She’s with the Michigan Alliance for Families, which is sponsoring the event. Continue reading →