Education http://michiganradio.org en How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-effective-are-online-classes-k-12-students-michigan <p></p> <p> Online learning. Make no mistake about it: It is here and it is growing.</p><p>The number of students taking online courses has grown 52% in the past three years. In the 2012-2013 school year, some 55,000 students in Michigan took a virtual course.</p><p>A new report from the Michigan Virtual University looks at virtual learning for K-12 students –who’s taking online classes, what kinds of classes and how effective the classes are.</p><p>The results are mixed.</p><p>Jamey Fitzpatrick is president and CEO of Michigan Virtual University, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 17237 at http://michiganradio.org How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? Education groups uniting around bills to revamp teacher evaluations http://michiganradio.org/post/education-groups-uniting-around-bills-revamp-teacher-evaluations <p>There could be movement soon on bipartisan legislation that would revamp teacher evaluations in Michigan. A number of groups that did not previously support the bills now say they’re on board.</p><p></p><p>Education advocates, bill sponsors, and lobbyists have been meeting this week to hammer out changes to the legislation.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:08:14 +0000 Jake Neher 17212 at http://michiganradio.org Education groups uniting around bills to revamp teacher evaluations Muskegon Heights school system continues its struggle to meet payroll, asks state for more money http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-school-system-continues-its-struggle-meet-payroll-asks-state-more-money <p>Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is asking the state to front $191,000 to cover paychecks that are set to go out this Tuesday.</p><p>It’s the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/officials-confident-muskegon-heights-schools-will-meet-payroll-no-solution-yet">second time this month</a> the district has asked for an advance.</p><p>The advance would come out of the district’s state aid payment April 20. Earlier this month the state advanced $231,000.</p><p>State treasury officials say the district typically gets roughly $455,000 a month after debt obligations.</p><p>School board officials have previously declined requests for comment from Michigan Radio. Reports out today say board members also declined to comment to reporters at the special board meeting today, which lasted approximately five minutes.</p><p>Charter company Mosaica Education is running the district. The company’s CEO has not returned repeated requests for comment this week.</p><p>Mosaica’s Regional VP of Operations Alena Zachery-Ross says advancements for struggling school districts aren’t completely uncommon. She says the district is working on a plan to meet payroll for the rest of the year but couldn’t comment on the details of those negotiations.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:29:35 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17194 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights school system continues its struggle to meet payroll, asks state for more money More Michigan families saving to cover their kids’ college expenses http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michigan-families-saving-cover-their-kids-college-expenses <p></p><p>More parents and grandparents are setting up savings accounts to cover college expenses for the next generation, according to a national report released today.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:51:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17163 at http://michiganradio.org More Michigan families saving to cover their kids’ college expenses Officials confident Muskegon Heights schools will meet payroll, but no solution yet http://michiganradio.org/post/officials-confident-muskegon-heights-schools-will-meet-payroll-no-solution-yet <p>State officials and the Muskegon Heights School&nbsp;Board are trying to figure out how they’ll be able to pay staff for the rest of this school year, although the district’s emergency manager is “confident” they’ll work something out.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17118 at http://michiganradio.org Officials confident Muskegon Heights schools will meet payroll, but no solution yet New education report shows Michigan is still in "education recession" http://michiganradio.org/post/new-education-report-shows-michigan-still-education-recession <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's economy may be pulling itself up and out of the Great Recession.</span></p><p>But our schools are still mired in an "education recession" and all of our children are paying the price.</p><p>That's the finding of the newest <a href="http://www.edtrust.org/midwest/publication/stalled-to-soaring-michigan%E2%80%99s-path-to-educational-recovery">state of Michigan education report</a> from The Education Trust-Midwest.</p><p>It's an eye-opening exercise to see how our state's schools and student performance compare to two states that are powering ahead in the national assessment: Massachusetts and Tennessee.</p><p>What lessons can Michigan learn from those two states?</p><p>The co-author of the new education report, Amber Arellano of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:39:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17090 at http://michiganradio.org New education report shows Michigan is still in "education recession" Report: Michigan students spent the past decade losing ground http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-students-spent-past-decade-losing-ground <p>A new report gives Michigan failing grades for student academic progress.</p><p></p><p>During the last decade, Michigan’s fourth-graders lost ground in math and reading, according to a new report out today from Education Trust-Midwest.</p><p></p><p>Amber Arellano is with the trust. She says Michigan now ranks among the bottom five states in student academic progress.</p><p></p><p>She says the state must raise the bar for students and teachers.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17084 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan students spent the past decade losing ground State fronts Muskegon Heights schools cash so district can pay teachers, staff http://michiganradio.org/post/state-fronts-muskegon-heights-schools-cash-so-district-can-pay-teachers-staff <p><strong>Updated 4/2/14: </strong></p><p>An attorney for the MHPSA board says all employees have been paid as of today. He said there was a "glitch" in payroll but declined further comment on this story at this time.</p><p><strong>Original post 4/1/14:</strong></p><p>The state is fronting $231,000 to the charter school district in Muskegon Heights so it can pay its employees. Teachers and staff didn’t get paid like they were supposed to on Monday.</p><p>The new Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System was set up in June 2012 when the old school district there went broke.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:45:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17067 at http://michiganradio.org State fronts Muskegon Heights schools cash so district can pay teachers, staff How do school consolidations affect students and teachers? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-school-consolidations-affect-students-and-teachers <p>There are 545 local school districts in Michigan and 56 Intermediate School Districts, or ISDs.</p><p>Around 50 of those districts were in the red at the end of the last school year.</p><p>And that leads to talk of consolidations, of mergers; streamlining, becoming more efficient and joining forces.</p><p>But as policymakers, educators and parents debate the merits of consolidation, what about those who will feel what that is like, day in and day out – the students and their teachers?</p><p>That’s the question Bridge Magazine writer Ron French explores in his series of reports for Bridge called <a href="http://bridgemi.com/tag/series-13-miles-to-marshall/">13 Miles to Marshall</a>.</p><p>When struggling Albion High School closed at the end of the last school year, it meant more than 150 Albion high schoolers had to be bused to nearby Marshall High School. It made sense in business terms for both districts. But what kinds of challenges did this consolidation present? And were those challenges met and overcome?</p><p>Ron French joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:49:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 17060 at http://michiganradio.org How do school consolidations affect students and teachers? Michigan's public universities making decisions in private http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-public-universities-making-decisions-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When University boards meet to vote on certain issues, the vote almost always goes through smoothly with little discussion and even littler debate. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17044 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's public universities making decisions in private Some former Education Achievement Authority teachers, parents, paint a troubling picture http://michiganradio.org/post/some-former-education-achievement-authority-teachers-parents-paint-troubling-picture <p>The state legislature is considering bills that would expand a state-led effort to turn around Michigan’s lowest performing schools.</p><p>Right now, the Education Achievement Authority is in charge of 15 schools, all of them in Detroit.</p><p>In this second half of a two-part series, we’ll hear from some people who’ve been inside the current EAA—and paint a less-than-rosy picture.</p><p></p><p><strong>“Disrupting” traditional education?</strong></p><p>Governor Snyder has long urged state lawmakers to create more policy options for turning around historically low-performing schools.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17036 at http://michiganradio.org Some former Education Achievement Authority teachers, parents, paint a troubling picture Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-still-faces-uphill-fight <p></p><p>The state Legislature could soon give Gov. Snyder something he’s wanted for a long time: a bill that would clear the way for the controversial Education Achievement Authority to expand.</p><p>The Senate is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140320/POLITICS02/303200131">now considering a bill passed by the House</a> that would, among other things, allow the EAA to expand beyond Detroit. The state-run district for the lowest-performing schools is the governor’s signature education initiative.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:39:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16997 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight What's next for the EAA in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-eaa-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vote is expected on a final version of a bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority into a statewide district.&nbsp;</p><p>The EAA was created by the Snyder administration to initially oversee the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School system where it currently oversees 15 schools. Supporters say the EAA will give troubled schools the opportunity to turn things around, but critics say the EAA hasn’t proved that its model for education is a successful one.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith, the statewide education reporter for </span>MLIVE.com joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16976 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for the EAA in Michigan? Should teachers be held accountable for the achievement gap? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-teachers-be-held-accountable-achievement-gap <p>You don't have to hunt too far to find critics of our schools, of the way our children are learning, what they're learning and the achievement gap within our classrooms.</p><p>There are countless ways, countless statistics that try to measure the problems. Here's just one, centered on the achievement gap. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, on 2007 standardized math exams, white fourth-graders performed better than black fourth-graders in all 46 states where results are available.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we hear a steady drumbeat of criticism that students here in the U.S. are lagging behind their peers in other countries. When you look at standardized tests, American students rank 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math, which puts them behind students in Poland and Slovenia.</span></p><p>How much pressure should we put on individual teachers to fix these problems?</p><p>Natalie Davis, Alistair Bomphray, and Martha Curren-Preis are teachers who are all earning their Ph.D.s in education at the University of Michigan. They joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 16963 at http://michiganradio.org Should teachers be held accountable for the achievement gap? Gender inequality in the college party scene http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-inequality-college-party-scene <p>When you think of inequality in higher education, things like tuition, price of textbooks and food probably come up.</p><p>But what about inequality when it comes to the party scene in college?</p><p>A new five-year study found that if a young woman chooses the so-called "party path" rather than rigorous studying, and if she's from a working class or low-income family, the party path might not lead to a great college experience, or a promising career.&nbsp;</p><p>The research was done by sociologists Elizabeth Armstrong of the University of Michigan and Laura Hamilton of the University of California.</p><p>They've turned this research into a book, <em>Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:30:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16949 at http://michiganradio.org Gender inequality in the college party scene Lawmakers poised to expand Education Achievement Authority in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-poised-expand-education-achievement-authority-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state House has approved a measure to expand the controversial Education Achievement Authority. The EAA is the agency that is supposed to turn around some of the state’s most struggling school districts.</span></p><p>A final version of the bill could be voted on as early as this week by the state Senate and sent to Gov. Snyder for his signature.</p><p>The legislation passed the House last week by just one more vote than was needed.</p><p>Critics of the EAA, mostly Democrats, say student test results don’t support putting more schools into the authority.</p><p>Supporters, mainly Republican, say the legislation allows for more tools to be used to turn around failing schools.</p><p>Kathy Gray has been covering the EAA for the <em>Detroit Free Press,</em> and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 16953 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers poised to expand Education Achievement Authority in Michigan Would year-round schools work in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/would-year-round-schools-work-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round.</span></p><p>In his budget address in February, Gov. Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling. School districts could get money to add air conditioning and other upgrades to old buildings so they could operate during the summer.</p><p>Supporters of the measure say students lose a lot of what they learn during the school year after long summer breaks.</p><p>State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, is sponsoring year-round education legislation. He says teachers have to reeducate students in September and October.</p><p>“You could have 30 and even up to 60 of the 180 days of kids relearning what they should already know,” said Schor.</p><p>But do these measures actually work?</p><p>Harris Cooper is professor and the chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He joined us today to share his thoughts.</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:53:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16952 at http://michiganradio.org Would year-round schools work in Michigan? 'Hotel Rwanda' manager who saved 1,200 from massacre to speak at U-M http://michiganradio.org/post/hotel-rwanda-manager-who-saved-1200-massacre-speak-u-m <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">ANN ARBOR – The man credited with saving more than 1,200 people during the Rwandan genocide will speak this week at the University of Michigan as part of a 20th anniversary commemoration of the slaughter.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Paul Rusesabagina's talk is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Rackham Graduate School.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:14:42 +0000 The Associated Press 16942 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-want-pay-it-forward-college-tuition-system-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pair of bills in the Michigan House and Senate are setting their sights on getting rid of tuition bills. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rather than paying off installments on a loan package, the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposed legislation would allow students to pay off school with a fixed percent of their future incomes — as long as their income is above the federal poverty line. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A $2 million pilot pro</span>gram would be established to fund 200 students at community colleges and public four-year universities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From David Jesse of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140319/NEWS06/303190038/Pay-it-forward-Plan-would-allow-Michigan-students-to-attend-college-for-free-">Detroit Free Press</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So a student who went to the University of Michigan and graduated in four years would have to pay 4 percent of his or her income back every year for 20 years.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called “pay-it-forward” bills have gained some legislative popularity after </span><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/pay-it-forward-oregon-college-tuition-99695.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">launched a study last July to examine the feasibility of such a proposal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan joins Oregon, Florida, Washington, and some 20 other states considering the "go now, pay later" plan.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:02:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16899 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan Howell students reprimanded for racist Tweets http://michiganradio.org/post/howell-students-reprimanded-racist-tweets <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">HOWELL – High school officials in Howell say they've reprimanded students involved in posting racist messages on Twitter after the school's nearly all-white basketball team defeated a team with black and white players.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The Flint Journal reports messages were posted after Howell beat Grand Blanc on Thursday 54-49 in a Class A regional final at Linden High School. The messages made reference to Howell's team being white and included a Ku Klux Klan reference.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:59:13 +0000 The Associated Press 16868 at http://michiganradio.org