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Dearborn school leader chosen state superintendent
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Mar 19, 8:53 AM: The State Board of Education voted 7-1 Wednesday to hire Dearborn schools chief Brian Whiston as the next state superintendent of public instruction.
Board: Snyder’s school reform plan violates constitution
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Mar 18, 4:52 AM: The State Board of Education today unanimously asked Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider the transfer of the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education to a state office directly under his control, saying the >
Skillman CEO leads charge for change in Detroit schools
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Mar 17, 6:16 AM: Today, two decades later, school-age children face the same prospects in Detroit, where education operates like a revolving door, with students attending multiple public, charter and private schools, in some cases in the same school >
Detroit group upset with Snyder’s school reform move
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Mar 16, 5:23 AM: Two leaders of a Detroit coalition preparing to give Gov. Rick Snyder recommendations for improving the city’s public schools are upset with Snyder’s abrupt decision to take control of a state agency charged with turning around >
MI Takeover
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Mar 13, 4:33 AM:

Governor plans to place state turnaround district under his direct oversight. District first created in 2011, governor hopes to have more influence over its success. Observers claim it's a statement that governor wants to continue >

Reports: Snyder may reassign failing-schools authority
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Mar 12, 5:36 AM: The State Board of Education today narrowed the field of state superintendent candidates to three, even as controversy swirled around reports that Gov. Rick Snyder is considering removing a major function from the Michigan >
Michigan’s high school grad rate highest since 2006
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Mar 6, 8:48 AM: The state Center for Educational Performance and Information released graduation rate data today for the 2013-14 school year that shows the rate was 78.58%, up 1.6 percentage points from 2012-13. In 2009-10, the state's rate was >
State superintendent: ‘Pause’ needed on charter schools
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Mar 6, 6:28 AM: State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan's call Thursday for lawmakers to reinstate a cap on charter schools until financially troubled school districts can "stabilize enrollments" comes as Detroit's fractured public education >
New charter school emphasizing environmental studies to open in fall 2015 in Oshtemo Township
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Mar 5, 7:05 AM: Great Lakes Explorations Academy, a charter school emphasizing outdoor and environmental-focused curriculum, will open this fall in Oshtemo Township, according to American Quality Schools Corp.
DPS announces restructuring as coalition report nears
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Mar 4, 9:33 AM: Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on Tuesday announced a restructuring plan aimed at stabilizing the district’s finances, boosting academic performance and preparing for possible changes to be recommended by a >
Should The State Have More Regulations Around Charter Schools?
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Feb 24, 7:12 AM: A recent Education Trust-Midwest report on charter authorizers made waves in education-advocacy circles last week, with poor marks for many groups that oversee Michigan's K-12 charter schools. Governor Rick Snyder’s upcoming >
Charter authorizer report card gets mixed reviews (CER in the news)
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Feb 20, 12:56 PM: The National Association of Charter School Authorizers called a new report that grades Michigan's authorizers a "step in the right direction" as the state continues to discuss improving charter authorizing.
Study says many Michigan charter authorizers succeeding but poor performers have more schools
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Feb 19, 8:31 AM: While most of the charter school authorizers studied by a Michigan-based education group received A or B grades, the ones with low scores often authorize many more schools, according to a report released Thursday.
Group: Let state punish poor charter school authorizers
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Feb 19, 6:47 AM: The state should formally sanction charter school authorizers that consistently do business with low-performing operators and potentially remove them as authorizers if their schools do not improve, according to a report released >
EAA to make its schools autonomous, chancellor says
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Feb 18, 7:12 AM: The leader of the Education Achievement Authority unveiled a plan Tuesday to restructure all 15 direct-run and charter schools to operate autonomously in the state-run recovery district.
Common enrollment: Lessons for Detroit
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Feb 17, 6:07 AM: Changing how kids enroll won't improve academics — a significant issue in a city where more than 80% of ranked schools in Detroit Public Schools are in the bottom quarter statewide. But supporters say it would give all families an >
A family run Detroit charter leads among elementary, middle schools
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Feb 11, 7:37 AM: Today it is a public charter school with 350 preschool through eighth-graders, 92 percent of whom are economically-disadvantaged. Yet many are on track to be high achievers.
Brighton refuses to even consider charter proposal
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Feb 10, 7:02 AM: After months of heated public discussion, the Brighton Area Schools Board of Education refused to even consider the motion of sponsoring a charter school at the vacant Lindbom Elementary School.
Michigan House Republicans plan to push charter school authorizer accreditation
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Feb 6, 8:10 AM: Charter schools advocates in Michigan's capital city were pleased to see authorizer accreditation among the legislative priorities for Republican lawmakers in the next 23 months.
More kids taking online classes, but performance lagging
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Feb 5, 7:43 AM: The number of students taking at least one course online is up 38% in Michigan, according to a report released today that also found a decline in academic performance and a troubling trend in a state that has made it easier for >

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