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 →
Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan. Continue reading →
Cheboygan Area Schools will soon offer more than just an education. It will also offer students a designated health center.
Thunder Bay Community Health Center is opening up a new location inside Cheboygan’s Intermediate school.
The center will offer things like immunizations, dental care, and behavioral health counseling. Services will be available to any Cheboygan area school district students.
Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent, Mark Dombroski, says no family will be turned away.
“I just believe that our student population, were pushing, were above 60 percent of free and reduced that the financial need is there in this area. No family will be refused service, if they do not have any means of pay, they will get it taken care of” says Dombroksi.
Dombrowski says Thunder Bay already had previously opened a health center in Onaway schools. They plan to use that as a model.
This is the 103rd school based health care center to open in Michigan. The center is expected to open within the next few weeks.
It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Michigan’s revamped emergency manager law took effect. Thirteen Michigan cities and five school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.
Regardless of your thoughts about the idea of the state appointing unelected officials to take control over cities and schools – it’s fair to say there have been some successes on the municipal front. Seven cities are now transitioning back to full local control. Only one municipal emergency manager remains on the job. Continue reading →
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a new law tying welfare benefits to school attendance.
For more than two years, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy has ended cash assistance for families with children who persistently miss school. House Bill 4041 cements that policy in state law. Continue reading →
The state House has approved its plan to fund K-12 schools, colleges, and universities through the next fiscal year. The proposal would boost education funding by more than $200 million over the current year. Continue reading →
Now-dissolved Buena Vista School District has a large debt from its dissolution process. Its remaining debt could be paid off in the near future under legislation approved by the state Senate, this week. Continue reading →
The 2008 recession has left its mark on more than just the economy, it’s also hurt school funding. This according to a new report released October 16 from the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy. Continue reading →
It’s supposed to be a safe place to learn and grow, but some youth advocates say in Michigan there is a growing tendency to criminalize rather than educate children. The advocates are working to fight what they call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Continue reading →