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Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

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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.
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Pedestrian tunnel in Petoskey allows for safer crossing between schools


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

Thunder Bay Community Health opening new center in a Cheboygan school

cheboyganschoolsCheboygan 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.thunder bay health

This is the 103rd school based health care center to open in Michigan. The center is expected to open within the next few weeks.

Michigan schools continue to struggle under emergency management


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 announces restructuring of several mid-Michigan campuses

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davenportDavenport 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

‘On The Map’ discovers hidden masterpieces in Clare


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

Snyder signs law cutting off welfare for families with truant kids


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

Incoming state superintendent wants to reduce testing, keep watch on homeschoolers


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

Snyder renews opposition to open carry in schools as pro-gun activists rally at Capitol

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. 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