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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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