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2:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

School reformers: zero-tolerance not the answer

Peri Stone-Palmquist of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan says she has seen cases where a child who brought a knife to school to cut an apple for lunch has been severely punished.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Chancellor, House Ed chair defend proposed EAA expansion

Rep. Lisa Postumus-Lyons says the education system status quo is not working, and children are being left behind.
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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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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

School Safety Drill Legislation Clears State House

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

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NewsRoom
5:36 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Review Ordered For Highland Park; Ecorse Given More Time To Fix Statement

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

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Lansing State Rep. Andy Schor pursues school reforms

State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) proposes letting schools open before Labor Day, and would let at-risk schools stretch instruction days throughout the year.
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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.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Protect Students’ Privacy, Bans Personal Information On Tests

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

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NewsRoom
5:09 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

State House Democrats Lay Out Plan To Aid Struggling Schools

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

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NewsRoom
4:13 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Few Michigan Schools Get High Scores Under New State Rating System

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

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NewsRoom
3:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Governor Declares A Fiscal Emergency In Pontiac Schools

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

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NewsRoom
5:08 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Review Team Says Pontiac School District In A Fiscal Crisis

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

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Possible Reprieve For Inkster, Buena Vista Districts

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.

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NewsRoom
4:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

K-12 State Funding Boost May Not Be Sustainable, According To Report

Michigan schools could be left with a significant drop in state funding after next year.

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NewsRoom
5:26 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Low-Performing School Authority Hits Halfway Mark In Fundraising

Governor Rick Snyder says the 15 Detroit schools being run by the state Educational Achievement Authority are already showing signs of improvement.

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NewsRoom
3:35 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State Department Of Education Budget Stalls Due To Common Core Battle

Debate over whether to drop a set of national school standards has stalled a bill to fund the Michigan Department of Education.

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NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State School Takeover Bill Stalls In Senate, Republicans Want Changes

Republicans in the state Senate say it’s time to go back to the drawing board on a bill that would facilitate state takeovers of struggling schools.

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NewsRoom
4:25 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Support Building In Lansing To Change High School Graduation Requirements

A plan to change Michigan’s high school graduation requirements could be sent to the state House floor as early as next week.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Snyder Administration Says “Secret Group” Not Seriously Considering School Vouchers

The Snyder administration says an education work group is not seriously discussing a voucher-like system for public schools.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Changes To Michigan Merit Curriculum

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The state would change its high school graduation requirements under a plan in the state House.

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NewsRoom
3:41 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Lawmaker Doubts Part Of Michigan School Takeover Bill

A lawmaker is skeptical of changes to legislation giving the state control over more of Michigan's worst schools.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Governor Snyder Praises Michigan House For Passing EAA Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder is applauding the Michigan House for approving legislation that would expand a state-run authority for struggling schools.

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Politics & Government
2:42 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Lansing teachers seek new contract before 'Right to Work' kicks in

In five weeks, Michigan’s so-called Right to Work law takes effect.  Some local Michigan teacher unions are working to lock in new contracts before then.  In some cases, it’s an effort to delay the impact of the controversial new law since it will not include contracts already in place by March 27, when it takes effect. 

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

National Advocacy Group Ranks Michigan 6th In Nation For Education Policy

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Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for education policy in a report released Monday by a controversial national advocacy group. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Incoming EL Board Members May Pursue Red Cedar Reversal

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East Lansing residents are still discussing last week's emotional move to reconfigure the district’s schools.  

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Draft Of State School Funding Act Released Online

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A proposal that Gov. Rick Snyder commissioned for overhauling public education in Michigan and change how the state pays for student learning has been released. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Incoming Sexton Principal Discusses LSD Reorganization

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Lansing Public School students return to class on September 4 and many will be looking at significant changes.  A system-wide reorganization plan alters how students are grouped together in an effort to boost academic performance in the face of low test scores and declining enrollment.

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7:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Superintendent: School Funding Reform Should Include Early Childhood, College

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The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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6:28 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

School Funding Overhaul Could Be on The Way

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An overhaul of Michigan’s school funding system is in the works. Governor Rick Snyder wants to include school funding reform in his budget proposal next year.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Michigan Senate Passes 'Conversion School' Bill

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A bill that has passed the Michigan Senate would allow the lowest-performing 5% of schools to leave their districts and become so-called "conversion" schools.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Senate OKs Bill Ending Pensions for New Teachers

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The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that would end pensions for newly hired public school employees and switch them into a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
 
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday passed the measure that includes many changes to the state's public school employees' retirement system. The bill now goes to the House.
 
A key provision would end the pension plan for teachers hired after July 1, 2013.
 

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

MSU Ed Researcher Warns of Writing Skills Gap

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

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