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4 education bills that could bring reforms by the end of 2014
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Nov 12, 7:25 AM: A bill that could reform the way teachers and administrators are evaluated in Michigan that’s currently sitting in the Michigan Senate might have one of the best chances to become law, according to Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor. >
Bill in Senate could address teacher evaluations
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Nov 10, 9:00 AM: Area school officials and teachers expressed a tense mix of confidence and uncertainty as they await news on whether the state Senate will authorize a teacher evaluation bill that would take effect immediately if approved.
Eastern Michigan University won’t renew Inkster school’s charter
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Nov 6, 8:02 AM: Eastern Michigan University will not renew its charter with an Inkster school, the university announced Wednesday.
Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out
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Nov 3, 7:35 AM: House Democrats have announced legislation that completes the charter public school policy they would likely pursue if they gain control of that chamber. Under the House Democrats’ plan, a moratorium on new charter schools would be >
Jacques: Slow down on charter school reform (CER in the news)
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Oct 24, 9:21 AM: Michigan charter schools are feeling a little picked on lately. Since July, these public schools which educate about 10 percent of the state’s students have received nearly 100 percent of the criticism coming from Democratic >
Bay City Academy superintendent responds to Michigan bill calling for charter school transparency
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Oct 24, 9:14 AM: State lawmakers this week formally introduced legislation calling for more transparency from Michigan charter schools.
Charter authorizers meet key deadline, but not off hook
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Oct 24, 5:11 AM: Despite meeting a deadline this week to fix a number of administrative issues, 11 Michigan charter school authorizers under threat of suspension by the Michigan Department of Education are not out of hot water yet.
Underserved or Misunderstood?
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Oct 22, 7:36 AM:

One of 11 MI state authorizers at risk of suspension for financial and academic reasons. Explains both citations against it and reasons explaining how grouping together many diversely performing schools skew perception of >

Equal Playing Field
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Oct 22, 5:25 AM:

New bill ensures that charters must meet same public school charters and refuses to grant new charters until requirements are met. Lists a few clear examples of regulations, but counterpoints chalk legislation up to a political >

SPECIAL REPORT: RELIABILITY ON ‘STATE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS’
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Oct 20, 8:40 AM:

Measuring the Reliability of the Detroit Free Press: State of Charter Schools, released today by The Media Bullpen©, found the Detroit Free Press news outlet to be only ten percent reliable in its June 22-29, 2014 series on >

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students
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Oct 14, 6:06 AM: In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t.
Education claims in gov race don’t tell full story
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Oct 14, 4:21 AM: Gov. Rick Snyder's signature more than three years ago on an education funding bill reducing spending $930 million has become an election-year controversy for the Republican incumbent.
Charter school group says moratorium proposal could close existing schools
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Oct 13, 6:41 AM: The head of the state charter school association says a proposed bill calling for a charter school moratorium would eliminate all charters, including some existing West Michigan schools as soon as next year.
Group touts Detroit charters over traditional schools
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Oct 10, 6:10 AM: A pro-charter group touted state test results Thursday that show Detroit charter school students slightly outperform students in traditional Detroit public schools.
Grand Rapids school board approves new, three-year contract with its charter school
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Oct 7, 6:47 AM:

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.

Snyder, Schauer differ on Rx for ailing cities, schools
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Oct 6, 5:33 AM:

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.

Grand Rapids, other districts can seek waivers for spring online state exams
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Oct 3, 8:21 AM:

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.

Flint student count down, nearly misses teacher pay day
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Oct 3, 7:38 AM:

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.

State senator proposes improved charter transparency
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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
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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.

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