- Persistently Not Ready For College
Although scores on ACT are improving for MI students, only 10% are deemed ready for college. Only 1 district had more than half prepared and Detroit only 2%. Achievement gap has widened since 2012.
Jun 25, 7:10 AM:
- Enrollment Wars
Detroit promises an aggressive marketing campaign this summer aimed at boosting enrollment. District's emergency manager gives green light to school-by-school recruitment program. Funding at stake.
Jun 21, 7:20 AM:
- Virtually Positive Experience
Virtual charter school in Michigan allows students to learn on individualized schedules, while maintaining rigorous academic program and weekly meetings with mentors. Orginially intended for dropouts, school has expanded reach to >
Jun 19, 6:15 AM:
- From Virtual To College
First class graduates from blended learning charter in MI. All are off to college with scholarship. Enrollment this fall will reach about 250. Charter leaders say personalized instruction is key.
Jun 14, 5:39 AM:
- MI Parents Protest School Closure
Parents protest closing of Midway Elementary; closure expected to save district $300,000 in face of budget cuts. Parents dismayed at loss of community as students redistricted, lack of options in chosing another school. Parents >
Jun 11, 2:25 PM:
- Re-use Of Closed Schools
Schools closed in Detroit are being used as movie theaters, churches, substance-abuse centers and more. Chicago and Philly also expected to have a lot of unused school buildings. Re-use could add $$ to district's coffers. >
Jun 10, 6:57 AM:
- Students Sue
Charter students suing school, along with Detroit public schools, for not meeting needs. Charter is for pregnant teens and young moms. Students say their ed is "grossly inferior" to other Detroit kids.
Jun 4, 5:25 AM:
- Growth In Scores
MI's state-run district got some good news. Test scores are increasing and gap is closing. Chancellor thrilled, especially given authority challenged by reports that it boosted numbers to get fed grant
May 29, 6:42 AM:
- EAA Gets Support
The Education Achievement Authority is unable to levy taxes or borrow money, but that hasn't stoped them from receiving financial support. They have received money from private donors as well as government grants in order to >
May 24, 3:24 PM:
- Detroit Reform Authority Mess
Paper claims Ed Achievement Authority misled in fed grant app for merit pay plan by saying it was charitable org and had permission to add more schools. Gov's office on top of situation.
May 24, 5:09 AM:
- Charters Coming
MI plans to open 32 charters next school year, including cyber and blended-learning models. Ed Trust had cautioned state not to let under-performing charters expand. Charter leader says only the best will open.
May 23, 4:50 AM:
- Judging Teacher Effectiveness
Factors out of teacher control (family stability, diet) weigh heavily on student success, so much so that its unfair to judge teachers, say some in MI against bill that pushes evaluations based on performance. Hogwash, say >
May 22, 5:40 AM:
- MI Leadership Failure
District and state leaders blamed for Buena Vista school crisis. Points out how mismanagement of funds and lack of innovation leads children to be failed by their school.
May 20, 1:28 PM:
- Closing Charters
An MI university ends sponsorship of several charters, but many say they are seeking new sponsors and hope to stay open. Reason appears to be dispute over success of at-risk kids. Parents looking for alternatives.
May 20, 5:02 AM:
- No Longer Automated Union Dues
Appeals court puts kibosh on automatic union dues reduction in MI. Opinion says banning it doesn't violate Constitution. This reverses earlier ruling. State's NEA affiliate considering an appeal.
May 10, 6:37 AM:
- No Cash, No Class
Small MI district runs out of funds and closes school for a week. District now steps away from emergency financial manager. Sadly, no clue when schools will re-open.
May 10, 6:34 AM:
- iCademy On Digital Frontier
MI Gov will announce new iCademy, public online charter, while visiting a year-round public school. iCademy features blended learning, online and face-to-face. Students can study at home, library or on campus.
May 8, 7:32 AM:
- No Money, School Closes
A MI district keeps schools closed for second day because it can't pay its teachers. Board already voted to lay off all but Super. Union at odds with district; said teachers would work this week hoping state can figure this out. >
May 8, 7:07 AM:
- Connecting With Blended Learning
MI lawamkers tour blended learning program. Program principal says it's not for everyone, but for those with some discipline, it's a great option. Teacher praises student growth.
May 2, 4:25 PM: