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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
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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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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
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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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