- Grand Rapids school board approves new, three-year contract with its charter school
The Grand Rapids Board of Education Monday, Oct. 6, approved a new contract with the only charter school it authorizes, the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.
Oct 7, 6:47 AM:
- Snyder, Schauer differ on Rx for ailing cities, schools
With an end in sight in Detroit's historic bankruptcy, Gov. Rick Snyder is turning his focus to the city's deficit-ridden school district that has been mired in emergency management for five years.
Oct 6, 5:33 AM:
- Grand Rapids, other districts can seek waivers for spring online state exams
The Michigan Department of Education has notified West Michigan school leaders that they can request a paper version of statewide exams if districts are not ready to implement online assessments this spring.
Oct 3, 8:21 AM:
- Flint student count down, nearly misses teacher pay day
Count day numbers are in and the Flint Community School District continues to lose students. The district now has to head back to the drawing board to come up with a new deficit elimination plan.
Oct 3, 7:38 AM:
- State senator proposes improved charter transparency
- > Oct 2, 4:09 AM: Saying it's time for Michigan lawmakers to take action, state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood introduced legislation today that would require charter management companies to put out for public bid contracts with suppliers or other vendors
- Detroit schools board votes to oust emergency manager
- Oct 1, 7:26 AM: Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin was voted out again by the district's board, the third time the panel voted to eliminate Martin's position.
- Teachers urge students to show up on Count Day
- Sep 30, 8:27 AM: High attendance is crucial for districts because enrollment determines the amount of per-pupil funding the state provides.
- Muskegon Covenant Academy charter school gives new motivation to students who had given up
- > Sep 29, 6:58 AM: Having something to cheer about is new for many of the school's 90 or so students. The school, located in Muskegon's former McLaughlin Elementary School, opened in August to provide a second chance for students who had given up on
- Two EAA chancellor finalists a study in contrasts
- Sep 29, 5:51 AM: The two finalists to lead the state-controlled Education Achievement Authority bring sharply contrasting skills and backgrounds to the table.
- Charter school board members face different selection process
- Sep 23, 6:17 AM: The process is different from other local school boards, which post openings to let the public know about them. Traverse City Area Public Schools board members are elected, but sometimes need to be appointed midterm.
- MI Parents Speak Out
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.
Sep 22, 6:37 AM:
- 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?
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. >
Sep 17, 6:14 AM:
- 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