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Staff at Detroit’s first unionized charter school have a tentative contract
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Jun 9, 5:37 AM: Teachers and staff at Detroit’s first unionized charter school have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.
10 Michigan districts, charter schools shed deficits; several others deeper in red
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Jun 6, 5:47 AM:

The financial picture is looking a bit rosier for 10 school districts and charter schools in Michigan that began the school year with a deficit but are expected to be in the black by the end of this month.

Opinion: Who should run Michigan schools?
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Jun 5, 8:44 AM: Michigan local public school districts spend more than $17 billion annually on K-12 education — an average of $11,500 per student. While these expenditures have decreased over the past 10 years, labor costs (specifically health >
Editorial: School lease deal seems to be sensible
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Jun 4, 8:52 AM: One Livingston County public school district and a charter school are on the verge of reaching a deal that turns the page as far as educational relationships go.
Falling enrollment, financial troubles doom Catherine Ferguson Academy
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Jun 4, 5:26 AM: In 2009, when Catherine Ferguson was still part of Detroit Public Schools, it had 288 students. But by fall 2012, one year after becoming a charter school, enrollment had dropped to 179, according to data from the state Center for >
Editorial: Reading initiative taps power of community in transforming lives
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Jun 2, 7:16 AM: It takes more than great educators to build an excellent school. It takes a great community, and the vision to connect them. The reading initiative at Verona and Coburn elementary schools embodies all three of those components, and >
Opinion: NYC is school choice blueprint for Detroit
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May 30, 4:55 AM: If a school isn’t good enough for your child, it shouldn’t be good enough for any child. That is the driving force behind the school choice movement, says former New York City schools chief Joel Klein. Too many schools, especially >
Editorial: Re-think education governance in Michigan
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May 27, 5:35 AM: The power struggle that’s on display right now between the Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education points to bigger issues regarding control of K-12 schools in the state. It’s worth revisiting how education is governed >
Opinion: Strong assessment tests are key to strong schools
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May 22, 7:37 AM: Blacks are seeing more school segregation today than they have in decades, and more than half of Latino students are now attending schools that are majority Latino, according to a report by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
Editorial: Lawmakers need to finish work on grading teachers
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May 21, 4:59 AM: Three years after the Legislature called for the creation of a statewide model for evaluating teachers and administrators, lawmakers are still a ways from realizing that goal. Crafting such a blueprint takes significant effort, but >
Charter schools vary in academic achievement compared to traditional districts
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May 16, 6:45 AM: Parents across Michigan have pulled 140,000 children from public districts and enrolled them in smaller independent charter schools hoping for better performance.
MEAP fight spurs bid to shift Michigan testing authority
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May 15, 7:38 AM: A state lawmaker wants responsibility for K-12 assessments stripped from the Michigan Department of Education and transferred to the state Treasury Department in the wake of a standoff over selection of a new online test for >
Mich. Senate votes to delay teacher evaluation standards
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May 15, 6:25 AM: The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to delay implementation of statewide standards for evaluating teachers and school administrators until the 2015-16 academic year, two years later than initially planned.
Michigan school recovery district’s expenses questioned
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May 12, 9:09 AM: As teachers complained about funding problems so severe they bought supplies with their own money, Chancellor John Covington and his staff charged $178,000 on hotel and airfare traveling to 36 cities from April 2012 to February, >
Opinion: When to pull the plug on schools?
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May 9, 7:50 AM: Parents are charting the future — or lack thereof — of school districts around the state. The schools in the most financial distress are in that position largely for one reason: They are losing students and the state aid that comes >
Editorial: Lawmakers risk school improvement
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May 8, 7:02 AM: Michigan lawmakers are again showing reluctance to adapt higher standards for the state’s schools. Residents should be concerned.
Muskegon Heights’ request for proposals from charter school managers boiled down to 5 easy points
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May 7, 5:49 AM: Muskegon Heights school officials are seeking a charter school management company that will "continue the educational turnaround" begun by Mosaica, but with greater financial stability, according to a request for proposals to run >
Ark Community Charter School leaders will fight to keep institution open
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May 7, 5:37 AM: Leaders of the Ark Community Charter School are planning to file court papers this week to keep their institution open following a March decision by the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter School Committee to close it permanently.
Teacher Evaluation Standard Closer To State Approval
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May 7, 5:15 AM: Legislation that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system has cleared its first hurdle in the Michigan Legislature. A state House panel approved the bills Tuesday with bipartisan support.
Opinion: The road map to quality education for all kids
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May 6, 4:41 AM: This is National Charter Schools Week, a time to celebrate the innovative schools that have impacted education in such a positive way over the past 20 years. And to be sure, there is much to celebrate about charter schools in >

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