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Flint student count down, nearly misses teacher pay day
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
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
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.



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