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Several dozen teacher pacts in limbo
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Aug 29, 6:12 AM: The school year hasn’t started yet but teachers may already look beleaguered. The reason has nothing to do with organizing classes, assembling lesson plans and learning students’ names.
Editorial: No end in sight for Detroit Public Schools’ money struggles
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Aug 29, 5:39 AM: It’s been a tumultuous past week at Detroit Public Schools. After announcing a 10 percent pay reduction for employees among other cutbacks—and getting that deficit elimination plan approved by the state — district officials abruptly >
19 Michigan schools getting $114M in federal aid to boost achievement   From The Detroit News: http
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Aug 28, 8:41 AM: Up to $114 million in federal funding will be distributed to 19 low-performing Michigan schools to help boost student achievement over the next three years, the Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday.
Opinion: Make charter school decisions that actually help Michigan’s students
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Aug 28, 6:19 AM: In the debate over charter public schools and how to improveeducation , (a recent Free Press editorial in particular, “Lawmakers must act on state plan to reform charter school law”), we must remember that every decision impacting >
Column: Fight for change in Detroit schools, not against it
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Aug 28, 5:38 AM: The beginning of another school year is here in Detroit, and our city remains without a comprehensive plan to improve schools for students.
Detroit school district backs off plans to cut teacher pay, boost class sizes
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Aug 27, 5:33 AM: Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Jack Martin announced Tuesday he’s nixed controversial proposals to cut employees’ pay by 10% and increase class sizes.
1st day of school in Pontiac brings day of many firsts
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Aug 26, 8:13 AM: When students at Pontiac High School arrive Monday for the first day of school, chances are it’ll be the first day in the district for the teachers standing in front of them, too.
Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision
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Aug 26, 8:11 AM: Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at schoolteachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state’s new right-to-work >
Letters: Readers talk school choice, charter schools
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Aug 25, 8:08 AM: Re: The Detroit News’ August 20 Editorial, “Who should run Detroit’s schools?”: In Detroit, I haven’t seen the improvements that The News claims have been brought about by charter schools. The schools in the area are much worse than >
Attorney: Suspending charter school authorizers is lengthy process
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Aug 22, 6:41 AM: A drafter of Michigan’s original charter school law has some advice for state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan — slow down a bit, at least when it comes to suspending charter school authorizers from opening new >
Where West Michigan charter schools, authorizers landed on list of new, closed academies
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Aug 21, 8:46 AM: There are no new charter schools scheduled to open in the Grand Rapids area this fall, according to a Wednesday press release from the state charter school association of new and closed charters for the 2014-15 school year.
Editorial: Who should run Detroit’s schools?
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Aug 20, 6:10 AM: School choice, at least in the form of charter and traditional public schools, is spreading rapidly in Detroit. And while that’s a promising development for families in the city, the exponential expansion of new schools has led to >
Letter: Charter schools embody ‘separate but equal’
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Aug 15, 7:33 AM: It’s nice to see that the authorities are finally scrutinizing our “fair-haired” charter schools. Just because they were created to be better than the regular public schools doesn’t mean they are.
Opinion: Want better Michigan schools? Think vouchers
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Aug 15, 5:32 AM: When it comes to lackluster school results in Michigan, the problem isn’t charter schools. The state doesn’t need less choice. It needs more.
Editorial: Lawmakers must act on state plan to reform charter school law
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Aug 14, 6:00 AM: Your move, lawmakers. Earlier this week, the state Board of Education proposed a host of very sensible changes to the state laws governing charter schools, in the wake of a June Free Press report that pointed to glaring problems in >
Livonia district removes charter, takes over Japanese immersion school
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Aug 14, 5:31 AM: Livonia Public Schools has revoked the charter for a Japanese immersion school it authorized for four years and will operate the same program as a district magnet school this fall.
Jackson Public Schools adds a sixth school to state’s priority list of struggling schools
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Aug 14, 4:58 AM: While Jackson Public Schools is adding another building to its growing list of state priority schools, two of the buildings already on this list are showing some progress.
Local charter school authorizers work on oversight issues, as State Board pushes legislative changes
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Aug 14, 4:55 AM: The president of Lake Superior State University, which authorizes a handful of West Michigan schools, says the university is working with the state Department of Education to resolve outstanding issues that has it on a list of those >
State education board calls for sweeping changes to charter law
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Aug 13, 10:20 AM: The State Board of Education voted along party lines today to call on the Legislature to enact sweeping changes to the state’s charter school law to address academic quality, transparency and accountability issues.
Opinion: Get tougher on public schools, not charters
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Aug 11, 8:38 AM: There’s a terrific school in Hamtramck called Hamtramck Academy, where 81% of fourth-grade students tested proficient for reading in October, 2013. That’s up from 69% just three years ago, and it’s 33 percentage points higher than >

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