Education

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest Kids Count Report yesterday that looks at child well-being across the country. For the first time, its researchers broke down the numbers across ethnic and racial groups and found disparities nationwide when it comes to how our children are faring.

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Across Michigan and across the country, students, teachers, and school administrators are facing greater accountability. That has put more attention on student assessments, or measuring student learning, than in the past. In about a year, Michigan students are expected to start taking a new standardized test, the "Smarter Balanced Assessment."

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Last week, after months of debate, the Michigan House voted narrowly to expand state’s Education Achievement Authority. The highly debated measure, which the Senate now considers, is one of many on Michigan’s continually evolving education landscape. Others include new testing for student growth and evaluating teacher effectiveness, the Common Core curriculum, and several more.

College readiness network to expand in Ingham County

Mar 19, 2014
Courtesy of the Capital Area College Access Network

Since 2009, the Capital Area College Access Network has helped hundreds of students from the Lansing School District with college readiness skills and support. The Network is now looking to expand throughout all schools in Ingham County.

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Last fall a facilities task force was created to help the Lansing School Board figure out what to do with its aging buildings. In January, the group presented their recommendations to the board, however the fate of many of the districts buildings, including the high schools, remains unknown. The districts modernization plan is supposed to be presented later this month or early in April.

MSU course enlivens students with the undead

Mar 17, 2014
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Zombie themed courses are popping up at college campuses across the U.S. Topics like the economy, religion and psychology are being studied through the lens of the undead.

Neighbors in Action: Refugee Development Center

Mar 12, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Refugee Development Center, which provides comprehensive services to youth and adults from the area’s 40-plus refugee communities.

Michigan business group says state gains from higher ed reinvestment

Mar 11, 2014
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After years of controversial cuts to higher education, Michigan has begun reinvesting in its colleges and universities. Last month, Governor Rick Snyder proposed a 6.1 percent spending hike for Michigan’s 15 state-funded colleges and universities. Higher education officials applauded the move, which would be contingent on universities limiting tuition increases.

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MSU Global is featuring the photography of Ana Luisa Cardona, a Michigan-based artist. Part of the exhibit features an exploration in visual communication between her and the late Bay Area artist and photographer, Daniel del Solar.

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Changes may be in store for special education students and teachers in Michigan. Lately, the Michigan Department of Education has been getting public comment on a host of proposed rules changes that govern special education. They include giving local school districts more authority over special education staffing and changes in how Michigan evaluates special education students, and then how they customize students' individual education plans, labeled IEP's. 

Final MEAP scores show mixed results at best

Mar 3, 2014
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Last Friday, the state released the results of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, better known as the MEAP. The statewide tests were administered to Michigan students in grades 3-9 last fall for the final time, as the state will move to an online assessment, which is likely to be more aligned with the Common Core standards in the spring of 2015.

Sarah Lenhoff, the director of policy and research for the Education Trust – Midwest, breaks down some of the numbers and outlines how the new test will work. 

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Changes at Holt schools stir opposition

Feb 21, 2014
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In the Holt School District, students, families and other stakeholders have been embroiled in a debate over changes in the district.  Recently, a dispute over a district reinvention plan has intensified.  Opponents of the plan now threaten to replace members of the Holt school board, which approved it.

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Michigan’s failing schools will be expanding future turnaround efforts by collaborating with various partners, not just the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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Despite all those studies that show America’s education system lagging further behind in the world, it turns out all is not lost when it comes our collective knowledge about science and technology.

A portion of a big national survey released late last week measured the public perceptions of science and technology and compared the data to similar studies around the world.  The results show that while Americans, like much of the rest of the world, still have some basic things to learn, there is a keen interest in the latest scientific and technological discoveries.

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