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Statewide teacher evaluation bill clears big hurdle in the state Senate

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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

LSSU students educate expectant mothers about perinatal vaccination

LSSUNursinBabyShower8903Soon-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

Getting to the bottom of rising national student loan debt

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The school year winding down means graduation ceremonies are around the corner.

Whether graduating students are leaving college, or getting ready to attend, one thing on many students’ minds is student loans. Continue reading

Detroit teacher protest closes 18 schools

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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 Working on Expanding Their Aquatic Research Laboratory

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.

New Great Lakes cruise liner to embark this summer

Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent's expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.

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.
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State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars

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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

Thanks to local youth, two schools receive grants for self-esteem assembly and supplies

Schools may have a tough time finding funding for supplies and programs, but two schools in northern Michigan are receiving some helpful grants – thanks to local youth.

Students at Wolverine Community Schools and Mackinaw City Public Schools can look forward to ipads, books and assemblies thanks to the actions of other students.

Members in the Youth Advisory Council, or YAC, chose how they wanted to help other youth in their communities. Continue reading

Special education conference comes to central Michigan this weekend

School desksPeople 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

Grandville Robodawgs are leading the way in educational robotics

robodawgfootball-2A Michigan school district has garnered national attention for being a leader in educational robotics.

The Grandville Robodawgs began designing, building and programming competitive robots as one high school robotics team in 1998. Continue reading

CMU physical therapy students move studies to Houghton

correct PT picA dozen Central Michigan University physical therapy students have ventured north to continue their studies,not at CMU, but at Michigan Tech in Houghton. Continue reading