The Michigan Department of Education selected 14 low performing schools to split the 40 million dollar grant.
The campaign is called Absences Add Up. It’s aimed at reminding parents of the importance of school attendance.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The playground may include things like magnetic boards, a 3-dimensional solar system, and a sound and vibration station.
It’s one of many counties across the state looking for wider support of classes that train students for jobs right out of high school.
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.
For students, crossing the street in Petoskey just got a whole lot safer. A pedestrian tunnel now lets people cross the road between the middle and high school underground.
Construction started in the spring and wrapped up just last week. Continue reading
Summer break finally ended today in Traverse City. The alternative education school had been shut down after mold was discovered over Labor Day weekend.
The mold was found in seven classrooms. 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
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
A piece of history – actually four pieces of history – are hidden, in plain sight, on the walls of the Clare Middle School.
Four giant murals adorn the walls of the Clare Middle School auditorium, and they have been there since 1938 when the building was the high school. 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 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
A Twelve-point-five million dollar jail construction project in Wexford County may be put on hold. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. 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
Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.
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.
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.
Have you ever been afraid to go somewhere, such as a haunted house, maybe? What about school?
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
Officials with CMU’s College of Medicine are reacting to an influx of grant money that was awarded to their program, this week.
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