education http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-budget-may-affect-you-many-ways <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Schoolchildren and others will be impacted when Michigan's next state budget starts in about three months.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18198 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-groups-coming-together-improve-lives-young-people-color <p>The city of Lansing is <a href="https://file:///C:/Users/SGCarmod/Downloads/MY_Lansing_June_24_2014_Final%20(1).pdf">launching an effort</a> to coordinate programs aimed at improving the lives of young people, especially children of color.</p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the community must work together to provide better opportunities for children and young adults.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18144 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing groups coming together to improve the lives of young people of color Education spending, charter schools and retirement plans make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/education-spending-charter-schools-and-retirement-plans-make-political-headlines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Week in Michigan Politics, </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Christina Shockley discuss new </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigan-charter-schools-need-more-regulation-and-oversight" style="line-height: 1.5;">investigations</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into charter schools, the new education spending bill and the</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-economists-warn-against-ending-pensions-public-employees" style="line-height: 1.5;"> impacts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the removal of state pension plans.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:32:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18139 at http://michiganradio.org Education spending, charter schools and retirement plans make political headlines 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 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 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 The guy with one of Detroit's toughest jobs is resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/guy-one-detroits-toughest-jobs-resigning <p>Let's do this MEAP style. Choose one of the following.</p><p>John Covington is:</p><p>A) an education visionary, brought in to turn around some of Detroit's worst schools using a model that lets kids learn at their own level, regardless of age or grade;</p><p>B) an overpaid, underperforming puppet of a state takeover of Detroit's schools;</p><p>C) It just depends on whom you ask.&nbsp;</p><p>Right or wrong, the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority is stepping down.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Hired to fix Detroit's failing schools, amidst political turmoil&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:07:27 +0000 Kate Wells 18023 at http://michiganradio.org The guy with one of Detroit's toughest jobs is resigning For school featured in "The Education Gap," some victories and more challenges http://michiganradio.org/post/school-featured-education-gap-some-victories-and-more-challenges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the beginning of the school year, Jennifer Guerra spent a lot of time at two different schools for her documentary,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/education-gap-transcript-and-audio" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>The Education Gap.</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;One of the schools had plenty of resources, the other did not.</span></p><p>Jen went back to the school where poverty is a real struggle for nearly all of the students. There have been some changes since she last visited. For example, school officials&nbsp;now say its OK for us to identify the school on&nbsp;air (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">we refer to the school as School X in the documentary.)&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's Myers Elementary in Taylor. But whether it's referred to as School X or Myers, the&nbsp;school is still caught in the nexus of having few tools to deal with some of society's most complicated problems.&nbsp;</span></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">But there have been several smaller, more personal victories. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he principal has convinced some kids that college is an option they can and should be serious about. And some of the kids hungry for more challenging academics have gotten more attention.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Read and listen to what difference a year makes at&nbsp;<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/they-come-and-go-its-noisy-these-5th-graders-still-picked-some-big-lessons" target="_blank">State of Opportunity</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 17954 at http://michiganradio.org For school featured in "The Education Gap," some victories and more challenges Flint school district lays off 250 staff http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-lays-250-staff <p></p><div>The Flint school district is sending out some 250 pink slips this week.</div><p>They're laying off non-classroom staff, from janitors to secretaries to school safety workers.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Administrators say they have no choice: they're coming up against a state deadline to eliminate the district's $10 million general fund deficit.&nbsp;</div><div><p></p><p>Now the district will look to outsource those positions through a private company.</p><p></p><p>Karon Grubb is a secretary in the administration office.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:09:53 +0000 Kate Wells 17882 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district lays off 250 staff Detroit high school for pregnant teens is closing – this time, for real http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-high-school-pregnant-teens-closing-time-real <p>It's kind of heartbreaking.&nbsp;</p><p>The Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit is closing at the end of this month, due to low enrollment and financial trouble.</p><p>That's the announcement from the Wayne RESA, the intermediate school district that held the school's charter, and the whole thing feels like deja vu.</p><p><strong>A beloved school repeatedly finds itself on brink of closure &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:06:29 +0000 Kate Wells 17868 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit high school for pregnant teens is closing – this time, for real Senior prank season in full swing at Michigan high schools http://michiganradio.org/post/senior-prank-season-full-swing-michigan-high-schools-5 <p>The end of the school year is upon us. It puts high school administrators on high alert.</p><p>Sometimes they don't have to worry about much.</p><p>Even though their seniors try it, no, their high school won't be sold on Craigslist. Seniors at&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skyline High School in Ann Arbor </span><a href="http://annarbor.craigslist.org/for/4493126436.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">gave it a go</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. As did seniors at&nbsp;</span>Freeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;High School in Mid-Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This kind of prank is harmless and fun. Even the more mature members of the community can appreciate this type of prank – as this news segment shows:</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Mark Brush 17859 at http://michiganradio.org Senior prank season in full swing at Michigan high schools One woman shares her failure at Teach for America http://michiganradio.org/post/one-woman-shares-her-failure-teach-america <p>Katie Caralis&nbsp;works in Grand Rapids at the Creative Youth Center.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She told her story about her experience in Teach for America at Failure Lab in Grand Rapids in May 2013.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After </span>Caralis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> graduated from the University of Michigan, she moved out West to work as a teacher in the </span>TFA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program. You can watch her share her experience in the video below. (And you can listen to her story above.)</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mKS-RSS_820" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:39:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17777 at http://michiganradio.org One woman shares her failure at Teach for America Michigan's schools can learn a thing or two from Macomb Community College http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-schools-can-learn-thing-or-two-macomb-community-college <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it comes to education, there are two things on which pretty much everyone agrees. We need more of it, and we need to make it more affordable.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s a third thing, too.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We need to make it relevant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Learning for learning’s sake is a good and sacred thing, but today’s generation also needs education that will lead to jobs, in most cases, sooner rather than later.</span></p><p>For years, I’ve been intrigued by a place that seems to have gotten something very right: Macomb Community College.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:40:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17596 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's schools can learn a thing or two from Macomb Community College Michigan is running out of money to loan to struggling schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-running-out-money-loan-struggling-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a state law that gives a special board up to $50 million that can be loaned to struggling school districts.</span></p><p>The long-term, low-interest loans are supposed to help these districts restructure and pay down their debt.</p><p>But this emergency loan board has already given out $48 million. That’s 97% of the money that was supposed to last until 2018.</p><p>How did this happen? And is there a way for struggling school districts to get back on their feet without needing an emergency manager or having to ask for another loan?</p><p>Jeff Guilfoyle with Public Sector Consultants joined us today to talk about this problem.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview below.</em></p><p><em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149385443&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:05:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 17585 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is running out of money to loan to struggling schools Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-lisa-posthumus-lyons-explains-latest-statewide-teacher-evaluation-bills <p></p><p>A state wide teacher evaluation system is finally seeing some movement in the legislature. The plan would rate teachers and administrators based on student growth on standardized tests and in-class observations. If teachers and administrators are found to be ineffective for three year in a row, they would be fired.</p><p>Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons is the C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hair of the House Education Committee. She joined</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;us today.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:39:46 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17547 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons explains latest on statewide teacher evaluation bills Has public education funding gone up or down under Gov. Snyder's watch? http://michiganradio.org/post/has-public-education-funding-gone-or-down-under-gov-snyders-watch <p>Funding for public schools in Michigan is becoming a centerpiece in the race for Michigan's next governor.</p><p>In this corner, you have current&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2620171">Gov. Rick Snyder</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"I'm proud to say, in the last three years we've increased educational spending at the state level for K-12 each and every year to the point where we've invested $660 more per student than there was previously before I took office. That's a huge investment in K-12 education."</p></blockquote><p>And in the other corner you have the guy who wants his job, Democratic hopeful&nbsp;<a href="http://markschauer.com/schauer-governor-snyder-has-no-plan-for-education/">Mark&nbsp;Schauer</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"[Snyder] cut over $1 billion from education to pay for his $1.8 billion corporate tax break."</p></blockquote><p>There have been a lot of "so-who's-right-here?" analysis pieces written. You can find them&nbsp;<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/02/lies-damn-lies-and-education-funding/">here</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140202/OPINION05/302020053/michigan-schools-funding-rick-snyder-cuts-education-students-kids-budget">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/fact_check_did_michigan_gov_ri.html">here</a>.</p><p>As always, with budget numbers&nbsp;–&nbsp;especially with school funding budget numbers&nbsp;–&nbsp;it can be quite confusing. And politicians cherry pick their favorite numbers to make a point.</p><p>This much is true: Schools all over the state are feeling the pinch.</p><p><a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/mde/February_27_2014_Quarterly_Report_449049_7.pdf">Forty-six school systems across Michigan are running in the red</a>. And if they're not running in the red, many are making big cuts to stay in the black.</p><p>School funding is a hot-button political issue – especially now that some parents are noticing more kids packed into the classroom, half-day kindergarten is gone, some art teacher positions have been cut, and some schools have closed.</p><p>So can we blame those at the top?</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:33:41 +0000 Mark Brush 17273 at http://michiganradio.org Has public education funding gone up or down under Gov. Snyder's watch? U of M's endowment is bigger than the GDP of the Bahamas http://michiganradio.org/post/u-ms-endowment-bigger-gdp-bahamas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Editors of the New Republic saw this tweet from NYU professor and Eurasia Group president Ian </span>Bremmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Top Univ Endowments &amp; GDP equiv 1 Harvard (Jordan) 2 Yale (Afghanistan) 3 Stanford (Honduras) 4 Princeton (Bosnia) 5 MIT (Nicaragua)</p>— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/statuses/460443984679419905">April 27, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:22:43 +0000 Mark Brush 17451 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools looking for new teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-looking-new-teachers <p>The Detroit Public Schools is hiring new teachers for the upcoming school year.</p><p>The district is hosting <a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/2014/04/23/dps-to-host-teacher-career-fair-apr-30-to-fill-open-positions-for-2014-15-school-year/">a teacher recruitment fair Wednesday</a> at Renaissance High School.</p><p>The district is looking to fill 300 to 400 positions, says DPS spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski.</p><p>In its ongoing effort to cut costs, the district is offering more generous buyouts to some of its more highly-paid teachers.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17414 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools looking for new teachers