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Teachers, students get acclimated at new Livonia charter school
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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
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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
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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.
Poll: Don’t open new charter schools until review
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Sep 2, 6:49 AM: The state should place a moratorium on opening any new charter schools until the Michigan Department of Education and the state Legislature conduct a full review of the charter school system, a majority of respondents in a new poll >
Reform district apologizes for letter ‘assigning’ students to schools
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Sep 2, 6:27 AM: With the new academic year starting today, some parents in Detroit and neighboring suburbs were surprised over the weekend to receive letters saying their child had been assigned to the state reform district for low-performing >
How do you turn a school around?
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Sep 2, 5:13 AM: When students arrive at Lansing's Eastern High School Tuesday morning, they will find an entirely new program within the school district's oldest building. They'll spend more time in classes that have been individually selected to >
Column: A New Orleans model for Detroit?
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Sep 2, 4:30 AM: Now, Pastorek is spending time in Michigan and talking closely with Gov. Rick Snyder and his education team. Since the middle of June, he’s worked about three days a week in the state, dividing his time among Lansing, Detroit and >
Several dozen teacher pacts in limbo
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Aug 29, 6:12 AM: The school year hasn’t started yet but teachers may already look beleaguered. The reason has nothing to do with organizing classes, assembling lesson plans and learning students’ names.
Editorial: No end in sight for Detroit Public Schools’ money struggles
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Aug 29, 5:39 AM: It’s been a tumultuous past week at Detroit Public Schools. After announcing a 10 percent pay reduction for employees among other cutbacks—and getting that deficit elimination plan approved by the state — district officials abruptly >
19 Michigan schools getting $114M in federal aid to boost achievement   From The Detroit News: http
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Aug 28, 8:41 AM: Up to $114 million in federal funding will be distributed to 19 low-performing Michigan schools to help boost student achievement over the next three years, the Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday.
Opinion: Make charter school decisions that actually help Michigan’s students
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Aug 28, 6:19 AM: In the debate over charter public schools and how to improveeducation , (a recent Free Press editorial in particular, “Lawmakers must act on state plan to reform charter school law”), we must remember that every decision impacting >
Column: Fight for change in Detroit schools, not against it
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Aug 28, 5:38 AM: The beginning of another school year is here in Detroit, and our city remains without a comprehensive plan to improve schools for students.
Detroit school district backs off plans to cut teacher pay, boost class sizes
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Aug 27, 5:33 AM: Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Jack Martin announced Tuesday he’s nixed controversial proposals to cut employees’ pay by 10% and increase class sizes.
1st day of school in Pontiac brings day of many firsts
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Aug 26, 8:13 AM: When students at Pontiac High School arrive Monday for the first day of school, chances are it’ll be the first day in the district for the teachers standing in front of them, too.
Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision
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Aug 26, 8:11 AM: Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at schoolteachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state’s new right-to-work >
Letters: Readers talk school choice, charter schools
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Aug 25, 8:08 AM: Re: The Detroit News’ August 20 Editorial, “Who should run Detroit’s schools?”: In Detroit, I haven’t seen the improvements that The News claims have been brought about by charter schools. The schools in the area are much worse than >
Attorney: Suspending charter school authorizers is lengthy process
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Aug 22, 6:41 AM: A drafter of Michigan’s original charter school law has some advice for state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan — slow down a bit, at least when it comes to suspending charter school authorizers from opening new >
Where West Michigan charter schools, authorizers landed on list of new, closed academies
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Aug 21, 8:46 AM: There are no new charter schools scheduled to open in the Grand Rapids area this fall, according to a Wednesday press release from the state charter school association of new and closed charters for the 2014-15 school year.
Editorial: Who should run Detroit’s schools?
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Aug 20, 6:10 AM: School choice, at least in the form of charter and traditional public schools, is spreading rapidly in Detroit. And while that’s a promising development for families in the city, the exponential expansion of new schools has led to >
Letter: Charter schools embody ‘separate but equal’
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Aug 15, 7:33 AM: It’s nice to see that the authorities are finally scrutinizing our “fair-haired” charter schools. Just because they were created to be better than the regular public schools doesn’t mean they are.

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