kindergarten http://michiganradio.org en MSU Study: A Catholic school education may not be superior to a public school education http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-catholic-school-education-may-not-be-superior-public-school-education <p><a href="https://www.msu.edu/~telder/Cath_Prim_Current.pdf">A new Michigan State University study</a> suggests <a href="http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/advocacy-issues/education/">a Catholic school education</a> might not be better than a public schools education.</p><p><a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/study-gives-catholic-schools-poor-marks/">Todd Elder</a> is an MSU economist. He says it's true that test scores for Catholic school students are better than for public school students. But Elder says that gap is wider in Kindergarten than it is in the eighth grade.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15074 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Study: A Catholic school education may not be superior to a public school education Why do many kids repeat kindergarten? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-many-kids-repeat-kindergarten <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One in every nine kids in Michigan public schools repeated kindergarten, according to </span><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Department of Education data for the year 2010-11. That</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;means the state pays an additional $7,000 per child every year, ultimately costing taxpayers $93 million. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ron French, senior writer with Bridge Magazine has been <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/03/michigan%E2%80%99s-13000-%E2%80%98redshirt%E2%80%99-kindergartners/">investigating this story </a>and found that&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the likelihood of a child repeating kindergarten was most closely linked, not to race or family income, but geography.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the article, he also writes about “planned </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">retention,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> meaning parents actually plan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to have a child do two years of kindergarten instead of one.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Jennifer White 11877 at http://michiganradio.org Why do many kids repeat kindergarten? Four-year-olds too young to start kindergarten, say Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/four-year-olds-too-young-start-kindergarten-say-michigan-lawmakers <p>For now, four-year-olds in Michigan can enroll in kindergarten as long as they turn five by December 1, but that may change over the next few years as legislators consider when kids are socially mature enough to enter school.</p><p>The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would gradually change the age requirement of kindergarten enrollees over the course of three years.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:56:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7715 at http://michiganradio.org Four-year-olds too young to start kindergarten, say Michigan lawmakers School district asks parents enrolling kindergarteners to list possible colleges http://michiganradio.org/post/school-district-asks-parents-enrolling-kindergarteners-list-possible-colleges <p>This spring, parents across the state will enroll their kids in kindergarten. In the <a href="http://www.montague.k12.mi.us/">Montague Area Public School district</a>, parents will be asked to list 5 colleges they’d like to see their 4-or-5-year-olds eventually attend.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;“Before their children walk through our doors for the first time, we want to plant that seed. We want to create an excitement with parents so that they are considering college from day one.”</p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:38:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 697 at http://michiganradio.org School district asks parents enrolling kindergarteners to list possible colleges