Education http://michiganradio.org en So, how big is Flint schools' deficit? Depends who you ask http://michiganradio.org/post/so-how-big-flint-schools-deficit-depends-who-you-ask <p></p><p>Flint Community Schools says it's got a $20 million deficit ($10 million of which was only recently discovered, according to the district.)</p><p>But if you ask Lisa Hagel, Flint Community Schools owes another $8.6 million on top of that.</p><p>Hagel is the superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District, which is now suing Flint schools over allegedly misspending $8.6 million of countywide tax money. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:27:36 +0000 Kate Wells 18342 at http://michiganradio.org So, how big is Flint schools' deficit? Depends who you ask Michigan's superintendent predicts institutions will lose authority to create charter schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-superintendent-predicts-institutions-will-lose-authority-create-charter-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he’s ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That’s if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.</span></p><p>Flanagan says he met with authorizers in February about issues involving charters. He says he’s not convinced all of them will be able to meet the new, tougher standards.</p><p>“If I had to guess, just because of the candor at the February meeting, there’s probably some that we won’t extend their ability,” Flanagan said Tuesday. “But I don’t want to pre-judge that too much. That’s only hearing the anecdotal stuff.”</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:22:25 +0000 Jake Neher 18306 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's superintendent predicts institutions will lose authority to create charter schools College tuition is expected to rise in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/college-tuition-expected-rise-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone who writes a tuition payment check has one question: Is tuition going up?</span></p><p>Jake Neher, Lansing reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network said that tuition is going up all over the state.</p><p>There is a limit to the increase at 3.2%, otherwise institutions will lose state aid.</p><p>“Most major universities, other than U of M and MSU, are going right up to that cap in this year’s tuition increases,” Neher said.</p><p>Neher said budget leaders and the Legislature may not be too happy about the increase, given that the governor just signed the largest increase in state aid for higher education in years.</p><p>The new budget increases higher education spending by about 5.9%.</p><p>Neher added that Michigan State University is using a two-tier tuition increase. Tuition for juniors and seniors will go up more than freshmen and sophomores. Neher said that MSU did this because it costs more money to educate seniors.</p><p>Funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant Program will also increase 5.9%. This affects students who are in financial need who want to go to private colleges.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:32:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 18298 at http://michiganradio.org College tuition is expected to rise in Michigan Michigan's K-12 budget, who gets what? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-k-12-budget-who-gets-what <p></p><p>Democrats are accusing Governor Snyder of gutting public education, but Governor Snyder says that’s not so. This year’s education budget is a billion dollars more that it was in 2010, the year before he took office.</p><p>There is nearly $14 billion in the education budget.</p><p>“It’s really a fight over how we want to spend this large sum of money that we are setting aside for schools every year,” said Brian Smith, MLive education reporter.</p><p>In the budget, each school district will get a minimum of $50 additional dollars per pupil, while those who have lower funding may receive an extra $175 equity payment.</p><p>Critics say this method disproportionately distributes more money to charter and cyber schools.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:39:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 18280 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's K-12 budget, who gets what? Michigan test scores up, college readiness slips http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-test-scores-college-readiness-slips <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LANSING, </span>Mich<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (AP) - State officials say high school juniors improved in all subject areas on the Michigan Merit Exam this year, while the average ACT college-entrance exam score rose slightly.</span></p><p>Even so, the percentage of Michigan juniors considered ready for college declined after rising in the previous four years. Officials said that was because of a slight drop in the percentage of students meeting proficiency levels in the math section of the ACT.</p><p>Results released Monday show the biggest improvements on the merit exam were in social studies, where the average score rose from 38.6 to 43.9, and in reading, with a jump from 53.5 to 58.7.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:43:33 +0000 The Associated Press 18276 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan test scores up, college readiness slips Cooley Law School plans faculty and staff cuts after low enrollment http://michiganradio.org/post/cooley-law-school-plans-faculty-and-staff-cuts-after-low-enrollment <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is battling low student enrollment with faculty and staff cuts.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:15:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18258 at http://michiganradio.org Cooley Law School plans faculty and staff cuts after low enrollment Superintendents blast education budget http://michiganradio.org/post/superintendents-blast-education-budget <p>As Michigan schools begin their new budget year this week, some local superintendents are urging lawmakers to return from their summer break to boost education funding.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new education budget last week that boosts funding for all public schools by at least $50 per student. But Forest Hills Schools Superintendent Dan Behm says districts face new costs that wipe out that minimum increase.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:15:47 +0000 Jake Neher 18230 at http://michiganradio.org Superintendents blast education budget Schools ordered to return to the MEAP test; teachers feel unprepared and disrespected http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-ordered-return-meap-test-teachers-feel-unprepared-and-disrespected <p></p><p>When Gov. Rick Snyder signed Michigan's school aid budget last week, that act officially threw a big curve ball to teachers.</p><p>The budget included a provision ordering the Michigan Department of Education to produce and administer a MEAP test in the next school year, not the Smarter Balanced Assessment test they'd been planning to use –the test based on the Common Core standards that the state has been using.</p><p>If this all sounds confusing, try being a teacher in Michigan.</p><p>MLive’s Brian Smith has been talking with teachers about how they feel about the&nbsp;MEAP being back on.</p><p>“A lot of these teachers that I talked to are really just frustrated by the fact that now they just have a couple of months to prepare for a test they still haven’t seen,” Smith says.</p><p>He says the problem is that the MEAP hasn’t really been under active development, making sure the test is aligned with the state's content standards and the Common Core. So the test will have to be restructured.</p><p>Smith says in his<a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/06/meap_changes_what_to_expect.html"> report</a> that all of the back-and-forth on the state's assessment test has left teachers feeling disrespected.</p><p>“They feel like their voices are not being heard in this conversation,” Smith says. “They’re not being included in the talk about how we are testing our kids and when we are testing our kids, and what that test is going to look like.”</p><p><i>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</i></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:14:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 18224 at http://michiganradio.org Schools ordered to return to the MEAP test; teachers feel unprepared and disrespected U of M president says university fought for financial aid amid 75% tuition increase over her tenure http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-president-says-university-fought-financial-aid-amid-75-tuition-increase-over-her-tenure <p>University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman wraps up her 12-year tenure on July 13, 2014.</p><p>She spoke on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/stateside-cynthia-canty">Stateside with Cynthia Canty today</a>. Listen to our interview with her here:</p><p></p><p>Coleman oversaw a time of growth at the university – spearheading a capital campaign that resulted in the most money ever raised by a public university.<br /><br />U of M also saw a building boom on Coleman's watch.<br /><br />But there was another kind of boom during Coleman's tenure. Undergraduate tuition went up more than 75%.<br /><br />Coleman says the university has worked hard to keep tuition affordable in spite of spiraling tuition rates.<br /><br />"And what we've done here at the University of Michigan is to work extremely hard to raise money for financial aid and to make it available."</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">*Correction</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: A previous version of this story said that today was Coleman's last day as president. Her final day is July 13. We regret the error.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:26:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 18203 at http://michiganradio.org U of M president says university fought for financial aid amid 75% tuition increase over her tenure Charter school advocate rips Detroit Free Press investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-school-advocate-rips-detroit-free-press-investigation <p>One of Michigan’s top charter school advocates is blasting the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140622/NEWS06/140507009/State-of-charter-schools-How-Michigan-spends-1-billion-but-fails-to-hold-schools-accountable">Detroit Free Press’ recent investigation</a> into charters.</p><p></p><p>Reporter Jennifer Dixon and others uncovered incidents suggesting conflicts of interest, a lack of transparency, and mixed academic results in charters.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:53:05 +0000 Jake Neher 18195 at http://michiganradio.org Charter school advocate rips Detroit Free Press investigation The Best Classroom Project: Helping Detroit parents navigate a confusing school landscape http://michiganradio.org/post/best-classroom-project-helping-detroit-parents-navigate-confusing-school-landscape <p>This week, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative is looking at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy.</p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan says his top priority is reversing the city’s long population decline.</p><p>But there are a couple key quality of life issues Duggan has no control over. One of them is the city’s schools.</p><p>Here’s <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/06/benchmark-schools/">the story of one Detroit family’s effort to find good schools.</a></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Meet the Hills</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18178 at http://michiganradio.org The Best Classroom Project: Helping Detroit parents navigate a confusing school landscape Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-budget-deficit-soars-20-million <p>The Flint school district is sinking deeper into red ink.</p><p></p><p>Less than 12 months ago, an audit placed the district’s budget deficit at $10.4 million.&nbsp; It's now pegged at $20.4 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district has been struggling to reduce its multi-million dollar deficit for years. But last night, school district officials described recent budget plans as being “far from reality,” even describing the district’s current budget as only ”close to reality.”</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:48:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 18179 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million Muskegon Heights schools has lots to do as charter company departs http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-has-lots-do-charter-company-departs <p>Mosaica Education, the charter company running Muskegon Heights schools, only has a few days left in its contract. But the district still has lots to do to get everything in place for the fall.</p><p>Last night the district hired its superintendent at a special board meeting. But it still has to finalize agreements with a staffing agency to hire all of its teachers and few other vendors by Monday.</p><p>This summer it has to finish building repairs, and rearrange all the grade levels because an elementary school building will close.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:27:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18155 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights schools has lots to do as charter company departs Michigan's program for troubled schools has a new leader http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-program-troubled-schools-has-new-leader <p></p><p>Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, formed in 2011, was created to help failing schools. It currently operates 15 schools in Detroit.</p><p>EAA Chancellor John Covington stepped down with one year left on his contract. What does this mean for the EAA and the students in its 15 schools?</p><p>Bridge Magazine education writer Chastity Pratt Dawsey covers the&nbsp;EAA extensively. She said there had been talk for months that Covington was going to resign.</p><p>Veronica Conforme was named the interim replacement. She’s from New York City, where she was Chief Operating Officer for New York City public schools. Pratt said it's unclear if they are going to keep Conforme at the helm or if they are going to hire someone new.</p><p>Pratt added that the EAA had to do damage control in the media and let everyone know that they are trying to do better.</p><p>“There were some misgivings about [Covington's] leadership and whether or not the EAA was going in the right direction,” Pratt said.</p><p>Pratt added that the EAA had problems since it was put together hastily in 2011. In its first year, it was supposed to be funded by donations, which has not been done for any school in the United States.</p><p>“The first year, the donations did not come in as expected. They get the kids the second year of operations, they don’t get the <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg1.html">Title I money</a> that they think they are going to get,” Pratt said.</p><p>The EAA had to borrow money, using the Detroit Public Schools as a conduit. They started to lose students. MEAP scores were lower than promised. Their online individualized education plan did not see the success people thought it would. State legislators even complained about a lack of transparency in the system, and that Covington had a lucrative contract.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pratt said that the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to turn around their academics. Parents and teachers are saying they want results, not excuses.</span></p><p>“Do something, make it happen. Otherwise, what was the point?” Pratt said.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p><em>-Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.</em></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:43:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 18129 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's program for troubled schools has a new leader Review team to determine what district already knows: Benton Harbor schools in financial stress http://michiganradio.org/post/review-team-determine-what-district-already-knows-benton-harbor-schools-financial-stress <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools has taken the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-danger-not-making-payroll-state-reopens-financial-review">next step in process </a>that could result in an emergency manager.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder announced today his appointment of a six-member review team. The team has 60 days to determine if the district is in financial stress.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:45:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18117 at http://michiganradio.org Review team to determine what district already knows: Benton Harbor schools in financial stress Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class http://michiganradio.org/post/stop-looking-kitten-and-pay-attention-class <p></p><p></p><p>College students should stop surfing the internet in class and start paying more attention to their professors. That’s the finding of <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/surfing-the-web-in-class-bad-idea/">a new report from Michigan State University.</a></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18092 at http://michiganradio.org Stop looking at this kitten and pay attention in class Detroit Public Schools release budget proposal for next year http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-release-budget-proposal-next-year <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For the first time in six years the Detroit Public Schools' proposed budget does not call for any schools to be closed.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:47:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18094 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools release budget proposal for next year MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-university-michigan-raise-tuition-rates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students at two of Michigan’s largest universities will be paying more in the fall.</span></p><p>The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents increased in-state undergraduate costs by 2.6% yesterday.</p><p>For out-of-state students, the increases will be higher: According to <a href="http://michigandaily.com/news/regents-approve-fy15-budget-say-goodbye-coleman-and-slottow">The Michigan Daily</a>, out-of-state undergraduates will see their cost of attendance rise by 3.4%.</p><p>That brings the total cost of in-state attendance to $13,158. For out-of-state students, cost of attendance will be around $41,578.</p><p>Michigan State University followed suit today, increasing its in-state costs by 2.6% for in-state underclassmen, and 2.9% for in-state juniors and seniors.</p><p>The state’s budget increased its funding for higher education this year by 5.9%.</p><p>For the University of Michigan and its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn — that translates to $295 million coming from Lansing. That’s an increase of $18.5 million.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18089 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better http://michiganradio.org/post/new-eaa-chief-school-reform-district-has-already-shattered-status-quo-needs-do-better <p>The Education Achievement Authority’s new leader says that system has already “shattered the status quo” in some of Michigan’s most troubled schools.</p><p>But Veronica Conforme says EAA leaders also need to “take a hard look” at how the district is performing.</p><p>Conforme outlined her vision for the state-run school reform district Wednesday, one day after the EAA board named her interim chancellor.</p><p>Former Chancellor John Covington, who had led the district since it launched in 2012, stepped down Monday.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18065 at http://michiganradio.org New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-appoints-interim-chancellor-plans-big-budget-cuts <p>It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a very turbulent week for the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p>The EAA board met Tuesday, the day after former Chancellor John Covington announced he was resigning for personal reasons. Covington was not in attendance as board members accepted his resignation.</p><p>The EAA is a state-led “reform district” for Michigan’s lowest-performing schools.</p><p>It’s Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief education initiative, and Covington has been at the helm since it launched in 2012 with 15 former Detroit Public Schools.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18050 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts