Education

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Michigan legislators could vote this week on a controversial proposal that would expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority.  That’s the state-run district comprised of 15 of the most challenged schools in the state, all in Detroit.

EAA administrators, Gov. Rick Snyder and other supporters say the initiative, now in its second year, is beginning to turn those schools around. They say test scores are rising due to a student-centric teaching model, a longer school year, and grouping students by ability instead of age.

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In 2011, the state created a school reform district called the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA, to turn around the state’s lowest ranking schools. In its first year in operation during the 2012-13 school year, the EAA took control of 15 priority schools in Detroit. The results have been mixed at best, as the EAA has been plagued with declining enrollment, insufficient funding, and accusations of ineffectiveness and unsafe conditions.

Neighbors in Action: Haslett Robotics Team

Feb 12, 2014
Courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

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 Haslett Robotics Club, which uses robotics to engage youth in the Haslett school district and surrounding areas in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

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Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recommended another increase in government spending on early childhood education in the state.

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Jan 20, 2014
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How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Jan 17, 2014
http://chrisemdin.com/

How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

Failure:lab invites public to explore mistakes

Jan 13, 2014
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Imagine going up on stage and sharing  your greatest failure with the world. Many people would hesitate to tell such personal stories, but that’s what the creators of the event Failure:Lab are asking people to do.

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With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

GED test going digital, aligning with Common Core

Dec 2, 2013
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Tens of millions of American adults have not graduated from high school.  Every year, thousands of these non-graduates take “general educational development” tests – the GED – to be considered proficient at the level of a graduate.  

Every 10 years the GED test is updated to meet with current educational standards.  Time is running out for individuals planning to earn their GED before the new test is put into place this January.  

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One sophomore at Michigan State University spent the last two weeks in Peru on an expedition through rainforests and mountains, with the organization Impossible 2 Possible.

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The Michigan House Education Committee is looking over a controversial proposal that could hold back thousands of the state’s young learners. A measure introduced last week would require third-graders to repeat that year if they did not score “proficient” on the MEAP standardized test.

Nation eyes 'flipped school' pioneer in Michigan

Oct 30, 2013
http://www.flippedhighschool.com/

Clintondale High School, about nine miles north of Detroit, is attracting widespread attention for overhauling its approach to teaching.

MEA responds to Right-to-Work complaints

Oct 29, 2013
http://www.mea.org/

  

 Michigan’s new right-to-work law triggered a dispute last week.  The conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the state over what it claims is harassment by the Michigan Education Association toward a member.  

www.kettering.edu

There's an interesting public-private partnership happening in Flint. Kettering University, the private science and engineering school, has been taking a more active role in the community.

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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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