students http://michiganradio.org en 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? The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/after-cutting-arts-teachers-schools-adjust-new-normal-lansing <p></p><p>Last year, Lansing public school officials laid off all their elementary art and music teachers.</p><p>The move got national attention from outraged educators and arts groups.</p><p>Now, almost a year after the layoffs were announced, Lansing students and teachers are getting used to the new normal.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:07:31 +0000 Kate Wells 16185 at http://michiganradio.org After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing Michigan's student homelessness problem is growing http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-student-homelessness-problem-growing <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of K-12 students in the U.S. without a home is on the rise.</span></p><p>More than 1.1 million children in the U.S. were homeless in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Department of Education.</p><p>Suzi Parker at <a href="http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state/4-michigan">takepart.com</a> looked at the numbers and found that Michigan has one of the fastest-growing homeless student populations in the country.</p><p>In Michigan,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state/4-michigan">43,418 students</a>&nbsp;were homeless in the 2011-2012 school year, compared to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111218/NEWS06/112180464">30,671</a>&nbsp;in the 2010-2011 school year:</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:27:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15633 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's student homelessness problem is growing Your first job can teach some harsh life lessons, especially for recent grads http://michiganradio.org/post/your-first-job-can-teach-some-harsh-life-lessons-especially-recent-grads <p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:28:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 15630 at http://michiganradio.org Your first job can teach some harsh life lessons, especially for recent grads Binge drinking is a problem in high school students too http://michiganradio.org/post/binge-drinking-problem-high-school-students-too <p>There has been much attention and concern about binge drinking among college-age students.</p><p>But what about high school students?</p><p>That's what the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research wanted to learn about.</p><p>As part of its annual Monitoring the Future Study, researchers collected data from more than 16,000 high school seniors. They were surveyed between 2005-and-2011.</p><p>And what they learned should be a true warning to parents of high schoolers.</p><p>Developmental psychologist Megan Patrick was the lead author of this study, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:10:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15265 at http://michiganradio.org Binge drinking is a problem in high school students too Benton Harbor student population down 45% in a decade, schools work to reverse decline http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-student-population-down-45-decade-schools-work-reverse-decline <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools is already campaigning to get students enrolled in the fall. That’s because the district hopes to dig out of a major budget deficit by attracting more students.</p><p>Benton Harbor schools narrowly avoided a state appointed emergency manager a couple of years ago.</p><p>Superintendent Leonard Seawood says since then, they’ve balanced the budget for two years in a row.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:13:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13389 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor student population down 45% in a decade, schools work to reverse decline Grand Rapids students tell policy makers what they want from school http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-students-tell-policy-makers-what-they-want-school <p>There are plenty of adults talking about what should be done concerning education in Michigan. But an event in Grand Rapids gave students an opportunity to explain what they need from their schools.</p><p>Lynn Heemstra helped organize the event, called<a href="http://grchildren.us/media/mayors-youth-council/activities/kidspeak/"> “KidSpeak.”</a></p><p>“It’s my belief that a lot of people that have legislative responsibility don’t really know the extent of what young people are dealing with in the their lives and what they’re receiving in the way of day to day educational opportunities,” Heemstra said. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:25:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12308 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids students tell policy makers what they want from school Michigan's graduates cope with mounting student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-graduates-cope-mounting-student-loan-debt <p>Students at Michigan&#39;s five largest universities sought more loans to pay for college, according to a Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120513/NEWS06/120511042/Database-See-how-many-students-get-federal-loans-how-much-they-owe-Michigan-colleges">database</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:22:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8463 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's graduates cope with mounting student loan debt Racial achievement gap dwindling in Michigan's charter schools http://michiganradio.org/post/racial-achievement-gap-dwindling-michigans-charter-schools <p>Recent state test results for students in third grade through eighth grade show black students in charter schools perform better than those in traditional public schools.</p><p>The largest gaps were found in reading scores which showed a difference of 9 percent.</p><p>Dan Quisenberry is president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. He said the improving test scores in charter schools narrow the achievement gap between black and white students.</p><p>&ldquo;That&#39;s a problem that&#39;s plagued our country for far too many years and I think some of it is really just getting after the solutions because it&#39;s not easy,&rdquo; Quisenberry said. &ldquo;Most of it is an urban issue where there may not be family neighborhood structures, where there may not be as many opportunities.&rdquo;</p><p>Quisenberry said the higher scores are not a result of charter schools being able to reject troublesome students.</p><p>&ldquo;When kids come into a charter school, many times they are a grade to as many as three grade levels behind where they should be. Those are not kids that you&#39;re cherry picking in some way even if you could. &nbsp;What&#39;s happening is you&#39;re seeing people focusing on students&#39; needs, and achievement scores are rising as a result of it,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The higher test scores for black charter school students are consistent across grade levels. It is especially prevalent in urban areas in the state.</p><p><em>-Emily Fox, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:01:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7864 at http://michiganradio.org Racial achievement gap dwindling in Michigan's charter schools Michigan court district ranks No. 1 in lawsuits filed against student loan defaulters http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-district-ranks-no-1-lawsuits-filed-against-student-loan-defaulters <p>Federal data show that a federal court district in Michigan ranks number one in the country for the number of federal lawsuits filed against individuals who default on their student loans.</p><p>Relative to population size, defaulters in the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) were prosecuted at a rate about 10 times the national average during March 2012.</p><p>The Central District of California (Los Angeles) came in second, and the Northern District of New York came in third.</p><p>Out of the 279 suits filed in March, 57 were filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, 140 in the Central District of California and 13 in the Northern District of New York.</p><p>The report, published by the <a href="http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/civil/280/">Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse</a> (TRAC) at Syracuse University, compared the total number of civil filings per month since March 2007. The number remained relatively stable (between 200 and 250) until Spring 2009, when it dipped slightly, bottoming out at 168 in December of that year.</p><p>The number then rose substantially to 598 in April 2011 before declining again towards the early 2009 average. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Eastern District of Michigan&rsquo;s leadership in per capita student debt lawsuits is nothing new. The court topped the ranks five years ago and came in second last year, according to the TRAC report.</p><p>The Institute for College Access &amp; Success, a non-profit research and policy organization, reported that 60 percent of 2010 Michigan graduates carried student debt, owing an average of $25,675 &mdash; the 11th highest average in the nation.</p><p><em>- Suzanne Jacobs, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 20:35:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7496 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan court district ranks No. 1 in lawsuits filed against student loan defaulters Michigan lawmakers push to hold down student loan interest rate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-push-hold-down-student-loan-interest-rate <p align="LEFT">Michigan <a href="http://peters.house.gov/">U.S. Rep. Gary Peters </a>(D-Troy)&nbsp;says tens of thousands of people in Michigan face the prospect of higher student loan costs, unless Congress acts soon.</p><p align="LEFT">The interest rate on government-backed Stafford student loans is set to double July&nbsp;1, to&nbsp;6.8 percent.</p><p align="LEFT">&quot;Just here in the state of Michigan 330,000 students will be faced with a large increase in that interest, which will add $1,000 to the debt of the average student. So on average $4,000 if you get out in four years,&quot; Peters said</p><p align="LEFT">MaVida Burrus is a student at Walsh College in Oakland County. She says the interest rate hike would make it difficult to balance her household checkbook.</p><p align="LEFT">&quot;I am the mother of three, and we have bills to pay, we have mortgages, we have car notes, and I am raising these children on my own,&quot; Burrus said at a press conference called by Peters. &quot;So this interest rate would mean a lot to me.&quot; </p><p align="LEFT">The U.S. House passed a Republican-sponsored bill last week that would maintain the lower rate, and pay for it with cuts to public health programs.</p><p align="LEFT">Reps. Peters and <a href="http://hansenclarke.house.gov/">Hansen Clarke </a>are co-sponsors of a bill that would instead end&nbsp;$6 billion&nbsp;worth of subsidies to the oil and gas industries. That&#39;s the cost to the federal government of keeping the lower interest rate.</p><p align="LEFT"> Tue, 01 May 2012 22:12:56 +0000 Sarah Hulett 7274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers push to hold down student loan interest rate Student debt: When fixing cars breaks the bank http://michiganradio.org/post/student-debt-when-fixing-cars-breaks-bank <p>Americans owe close to a <a href="http://www.finaid.org/loans/studentloandebtclock.phtml">trillion dollars in student loan debt</a>.</p><p>Changing Gears has been <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/29/student-debt-the-cost-of-learning-a-trade/">reporting on that debt</a>, a lot of which comes from attending private, for-profit schools.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re the fastest growing part of higher education, popular for non-degree technical training. Call them career colleges, technical schools or trade schools - just don&rsquo;t call them cheap.</p><ul><li>Fact: For-profit schools cost more than community colleges.</li><li>Fact: For-profit students borrow more, then <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/instrates.html">default more than students from public colleges.</a></li><li>Fact:&nbsp; All this explains why I ended up at the strip club in Detroit.</li></ul><p>So I&rsquo;m at Cobra&rsquo;s the Grind, eyes-avoiding-buttocks, walking up dimly lit stairs to meet the manager. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:49:17 +0000 Kate Davidson 6534 at http://michiganradio.org Student debt: When fixing cars breaks the bank Student debt: The cost of learning a trade http://michiganradio.org/post/student-debt-cost-learning-trade <p>America&rsquo;s student loan debt is now bigger than its credit card debt. <a href="http://www.finaid.org/loans/studentloandebtclock.phtml">It&rsquo;s about a trillion dollars</a>. Student loan default rates are rising. While many families struggle to afford traditional colleges, a lot of student debt comes from attending private, for-profit schools that focus on vocational training. <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/instrates.html">These students default on their loans</a> twice as often as students from public colleges. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:44:35 +0000 Kate Davidson 6426 at http://michiganradio.org Student debt: The cost of learning a trade Hansen Clarke: Time to tackle student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/hansen-clarke-time-tackle-student-loan-debt <p>Detroit Congressman Hansen Clarke says the growing &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; movement is helping his efforts to push for student loan debt relief.</p><p>Clarke introduced a resolution in July encouraging Congress to focus on what he calls the country&rsquo;s &ldquo;true debt problem.&rdquo; Student loan debt is expected to surpass $1 trillion this year.</p><p>Clarke says the issue is gaining traction in Congress as a way to lessen household debt and jumpstart the economy.</p><p>He says relief should focus on federally-guaranteed student loans.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I also want to reduce and maybe eliminate much of the compounded interest and fees and penalties that borrowers have to pay on top of the principal that they borrowed. See, all these fees and everything, and the interest&hellip;that&rsquo;s what really adds up,&quot; </em>Clarke said.</p><p>Clarke calls <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20126172-503544/who-will-benefit-from-obamas-student-loan-plan/">President Obama&rsquo;s proposals</a> for student loan relief &ldquo;a good start,&rdquo; but says Congress also needs to act.</p><p>No one has introduced such comprehensive legislation yet. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:51:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4765 at http://michiganradio.org Hansen Clarke: Time to tackle student loan debt MSU & Saginaw Valley see increase in students http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-saginaw-valley-see-increase-students <p>Two Michigan universities have reported more students on campus as the new academic year gets under way.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan State University said Friday that preliminary enrollment is about 47,800 students, up from 47,131 last year. The East Lansing school says they had a record 28,547 applications this year.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Saginaw Valley State University in University Center has broken its enrollment record this year with 10,790 students. That&#39;s up from 10,656 during the last school year.</p><p>(Associated Press) &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:36:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 4106 at http://michiganradio.org MSU & Saginaw Valley see increase in students Michigan State University expects its largest class of freshman http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-expects-its-largest-class-freshman <p>Michigan State University will be a little more crowded this fall. The incoming freshman class at the East Lansing university will be the largest and most geographically diverse in the school&#39;s history.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20110813/NEWS06/108130320/-1/RSS">The Lansing State Journal.</a></p><p>MSU is expecting about 7,800 students.</p> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:20:57 +0000 Kyle Norris 3742 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University expects its largest class of freshman New exhibit documents Arab American students' life post-9/11 http://michiganradio.org/post/new-exhibit-documents-arab-american-students-life-post-911 <p>As the 10th anniversary of the September 11<sup>th</sup> attacks approaches, a group of Arab American middle school students spent the past year documenting their lives and their community. Their stories are part of a new exhibit at the <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">Arab American National Museum</a> in Dearborn.</p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:53:13 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3143 at http://michiganradio.org New exhibit documents Arab American students' life post-9/11 Grand Rapids Schools' superintendent - to stay, or go? http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-superintendent-stay-or-go <p>Grand Rapids Public Schools&rsquo; Superintendent resigned yesterday, but today he hinted that he may not want to leave.</p><p>Superintendent Bernard Taylor has been lobbying state lawmakers to pass teacher tenure reform. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-wrap-work-summer-break">Yesterday, lawmakers did that.&nbsp;</a></p><p>Taylor says the reform means everyone&rsquo;s focus has to be on student achievement.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:58:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3119 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Schools' superintendent - to stay, or go? Michigan Merit Exam shows improvement in some, not all, subjects http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-merit-exam-shows-improvement-some-not-all-subjects <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_35150_47474---,00.html">Michigan Department of Education</a> has released the results of the Michigan Merit Exam.</p><p>All Michigan high school juniors take the test in the spring to see how well-prepared they are for college. The MME tests students in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:29:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3060 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Merit Exam shows improvement in some, not all, subjects