michigan board of education http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Michigan Medicaid expansion, charter schools, Flint school layoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-michigan-medicaid-expansion-charter-schools-flint-school-layoffs <p><strong>Michigan Medicaid expansion uncertain</strong></p><p>Legislation that will determine the future of Michigan Medicaid is at a standstill. On Thursday, the state Senate passed a budget bill that did not include Medicaid although the federal government is offering to pay the state to add hundreds of thousands of people to the program.</p><p>Later on Thursday, a Legislative panel heard testimony on a House Republican plan that opts to overhaul the program before expanding it. Senate Republicans say they’re willing to consider the House plan.</p><p><strong>Michigan Board of Education asks state to more closely monitor charter schools </strong></p><p>The Michigan Board of Education wants to see new laws enacted that would allow the state to more closely monitor the business practices of charter schools. Republican lawmakers are eyeing the request skeptically. The Board has a Democratic majority. The Board’s President, John Austin, stated that the board has a responsibility to keep an eye on all public schools, including charters.</p><p><strong>Flint School District will lay off nearly 140 teachers and staff</strong></p><p>Next month, the Flint School District is expecting to lay off nearly 140 teachers and staff. This is the latest in a series of cutbacks. Eric Scorsone, an economist with Michigan State University, said this could be the tip of the iceberg. More school districts could topple because of uncertain revenue streams and rising costs. Scorsone says it would take a major shift in school funding and an increase in the state’s sales tax to turn things around.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:55:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12618 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Michigan Medicaid expansion, charter schools, Flint school layoffs Michigan Democrats pick their favorites in state races http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-pick-their-favorites-state-races <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Democrats have chosen their favorites for this fall&#39;s Michigan Supreme Court and education board races, hoping once again to give their candidates a five-month jump in fundraising and campaigning over Republicans.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Votes at Saturday&#39;s state convention in Detroit were nonbinding, since Democrats can&#39;t nominate candidates until the party&#39;s September convention. Republicans will nominate candidates in August.</span></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:46:11 +0000 The Associated Press 6585 at http://michiganradio.org New president for Michigan's State Board of Education http://michiganradio.org/post/new-president-michigans-state-board-education <p>For the first time in a decade, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5373---,00.html">Michigan's State Board of Education</a> has a new president. Yesterday, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5373-40858--,00.html">John Austin</a> was unanimously elected to lead the board.&nbsp; He replaces fellow Democrat Kathleen Straus. Democrats have a 5-3 majority on the board.</p><p>Austin was first elected to the board in 2000 and re-elected in 2008.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140--249280--,00.html">release sent out yesterday</a>, <font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Austin said he is, "proud that during his 10 years on the State Board... the Board has functioned as a bi-partisan change agent for education reform and improvement" </font></p><p>As the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Democrat Casandra Ulbrich was elected vice president, Republican Nancy Danhof was elected secretary and Democrat Marianne Yared McGuire will continue as treasurer. Republican Richard Zeile will represent the state board on the National Association of State Boards of Education. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:39:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 841 at http://michiganradio.org