Michigan’s education chief is urging teachers in the state’s largest district to end a recent series of “sickout” protests.
It appears Michigan schools have room for improvement. The recent release of a nationwide
report that ranks each state’s educational quality, found Michigan to be in the lower half of the country. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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 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
The recognition comes from the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading
The incoming state superintendent says he wants to cut down on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.
Brian Whiston answered questions from lawmakers on Wednesday for the first time. He says the state may need to move away from the brand new M-STEP exam. Continue reading
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
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
Whether graduating students are leaving college, or getting ready to attend, one thing on many students’ minds is student loans. 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.
Last spring, CMU enrolled more than 4,000 transfer students.
Now, work is continuing on a new college program aimed at making it easier for universities to accept more transfer credits.
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.
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
A state board has approved taking on debt to come up with $50 million dollars to help community colleges ramp up their career and technical training.
Saginaw Public Schools will have to come up with a new deficit elimination plan due to a lack of support to shut down Saginaw High by its school board, at Wednesday’s meeting.
It may seem like Michigan’s economy is improving for some, but experts say most residents of the state are not feeling the improvement.
Fresh from his fifth state of the state address, Governor Rick Snyder announced today new opportunities to address the state’s skilled trades gap.