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MI Parents Speak Out
Sep 22, 6:37 AM:

Parents speak out against legislators pushing charter school moratorium, defend school choice. Some who introduced moratorium have successful charters in home districts. Parents grateful for school options. 

West Michigan charter operator, lawmakers react to proposed moratorium on charter schools
Sep 19, 5:13 AM: Grand Rapids-based National Heritage Academies, Michigan's largest for-profit operator of charter schools, says proposed legislation to impose a moratorium on charter schools is not in line with the goals of school choice.
Lawmaker to seek moratorium on new charter schools
Sep 18, 4:52 AM: State Rep. Sarah Roberts is expected to introduce legislation today that would prohibit new charter schools from opening in Michigan until standards governing transparency, ethics and accountability are adopted.
Playing Hooky?
Sep 17, 6:14 AM:

Scattered chronic absence rates in MI deemed unreliable due to virtual school-specific attendance-keeping methods. Provides specific data, but lacks assessment explaining problems schools with high chronic absence rates face. >

Inside one of America’s top 10 high schools at Washtenaw Technical Middle College
Sep 11, 6:18 AM: So how does a 540-student charter school that operates out of office space and classrooms at Washtenaw Community College's campus rate so highly on a national scale?
Board narrows choice for EAA chancellor to two candidates
Sep 11, 5:12 AM: The board of the state reform district for low-performing schools narrowed its search for chancellor to two people this afternoon, but postponed a final decision to allow more time for public input.
EAA interviews four candidates to lead Michigan-run school district
Sep 9, 7:00 AM: Michigan’s state-run district for failing schools interviewed four candidates for chancellor Monday and expects to hire a permanent leader this week.
Judge: Michigan teachers should be able to exit union anytime
Sep 5, 7:58 AM: Michigan’s largest teachers’ union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state’s right-to-work law that took effect last >
Bedford Virtual Academy Launches Pilot Program
Sep 4, 5:30 AM: Whatever their individual reasons may be, these teens are opting out of the traditional high school format, trading it for a computer, keyboard and online-learning. They are hoping new classed offered through the high school will >
Detroit leads 21 big-city U.S. school districts in absenteeism, analysis shows
Sep 4, 4:37 AM: Detroit Public Schools has the highest rate of absenteeism of 21 large districts that were part of an analysis of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a rigorous exam given to a sample of students >
Teachers, students get acclimated at new Livonia charter school
Sep 3, 6:59 AM: Charter schools have grown steadily over the past two decades in Michigan. There are 302 charter schools in Michigan this fall and charter school officials estimated about 145,000 charter school students attended class Tuesday.
Charter authorizers get proactive with new standards
Sep 3, 5:29 AM: Michigan’s charter school authorizers have been in the news a lot recently. They’re the roughly 40 institutions, often colleges, that ensure oversight and accountability at the state’s 300 publicly funded charter schools. About >
Michigan students and schools wired for e-learning
Sep 2, 7:00 AM: It’s the first day of school for most of Michigan’s 1.56 million public school students, who are returning to classrooms where many will face academic changes, new technology and other challenges.
Poll: Don’t open new charter schools until review
Sep 2, 6:49 AM: The state should place a moratorium on opening any new charter schools until the Michigan Department of Education and the state Legislature conduct a full review of the charter school system, a majority of respondents in a new poll >
Reform district apologizes for letter ‘assigning’ students to schools
Sep 2, 6:27 AM: With the new academic year starting today, some parents in Detroit and neighboring suburbs were surprised over the weekend to receive letters saying their child had been assigned to the state reform district for low-performing >
How do you turn a school around?
Sep 2, 5:13 AM: When students arrive at Lansing's Eastern High School Tuesday morning, they will find an entirely new program within the school district's oldest building. They'll spend more time in classes that have been individually selected to >
Column: A New Orleans model for Detroit?
Sep 2, 4:30 AM: Now, Pastorek is spending time in Michigan and talking closely with Gov. Rick Snyder and his education team. Since the middle of June, he’s worked about three days a week in the state, dividing his time among Lansing, Detroit and >
Several dozen teacher pacts in limbo
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
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
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.



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