schools

Sonya Gunnings-Moton and Margaret Crocco photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Soon, the Detroit Public Schools will consider hiring classroom teachers who haven’t earned teaching certificates. We hear from two critics of placing uncertified teachers in Detroit classrooms.


Denby High School photo
Andrew Jameson / Wikimedia Commons

The Michigan Senate has passed a $720-million bailout for the troubled Detroit Public Schools. We talk with Skillman Foundation CEO Tonya Allen and MSU assistant professor Sarah Reckhow about what lies ahead for education in Detroit.


Peter Spadafore photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Lansing Board of Education has wrapped up a series of public forums on a multi-million dollar bond proposal that will go before voters next year. We talk with the president of the Board of Education, Peter Spadafore about what voters have had to say about the Pathway Promise plan.


WKAR File Photo

Educators across the country are hosting discussions in conjunction with National School Choice Week.

There are a number of events in the Lansing area, including the screening of a documentary on school choice at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. That event is sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Midland. 

School reformers: zero-tolerance not the answer

Apr 28, 2014
Flickr - Paradox 56

Last week, students and advocates rallied at the Michigan Capitol after marching from Detroit to Lansing on foot. Students' marching hoped to raise awareness about the state’s school discipline policies. At the rally, they asked lawmakers to remove  legislation that requires zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools.

Flickr - Thomas Favre-Bulle

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.

Michigan schools would have to be more transparent about how they conduct emergency safety drills under a bill in Lansing.

A financial review board has moved the city of Highland Park closer to a takeover or some other form of state intervention.

Lansing State Rep. Andy Schor pursues school reforms

Oct 17, 2013
http://068.housedems.com/

Rep. Andy Schor is in his first term representing Michigan’s 68th House District.  The Lansing Democrat recently introduced two bills involving schooling in the state.

The debate over a set of school standards known as the Common Core has sparked bipartisan concerns about student privacy.

Michigan House Democrats say the state is failing schools with severe budget deficits and persistently low test scores.

The state Department of Education says few Michigan schools are meeting goals for overall performance.

Governor Rick Snyder has agreed with a review team’s finding that the Pontiac school district is in a state of financial emergency.

A state review team has determined the Pontiac school district is saddled with so much debt it’s in a financial crisis.

The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until the close of business Monday to submit proof they can come up with enough money to open in September and stay open.

Pages