education funding http://michiganradio.org en 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 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? We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/we-are-starving-our-future-michigan-not-investing-higher-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-out-reach-most-michiganders-can-new-president-help?nopop=1">I talked about the challenges the University of Michigan’s new president faces</a>. One of those is, of course, the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford an education.</span></p><p>That provoked a lot of reaction, and I was surprised by the tone of a lot of it.</p><p>Specifically, many people feel that especially with the lagging economy, it makes no sense for students to study things that won’t clearly pay off in a job.</p><p>"There's nothing wrong with art appreciation. There are plenty of books, DVDs and YouTube clips out there," one man said. But he thought it was outrageous that someone would spend a vast amount of money on something "that will turn out to be a nice hobby," and then "complain about the lack of job opportunities." Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:38:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16291 at http://michiganradio.org We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education Snyder takes on K-12 funding 'misinformation' http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-takes-k-12-funding-misinformation <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is taking on "misinformation" over his record of funding public schools before putting forward his next budget.<br /><br />Since the Republican governor took office, he says, state aid to K-12 districts is up an average of $660 per student. But House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel says the figure is "simply untrue."<br /><br />Until a few years ago, the primary marker of school funding was Michigan's per-pupil grant. Now Michigan is picking up some of the ballooning retirement costs instead of including the money in districts' traditional aid. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:23:12 +0000 The Associated Press 16171 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder takes on K-12 funding 'misinformation' Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-school-district-will-be-dissolved-week <p>Buena Vista schools will become the second district to be permanently dissolved under a new state law this week.</p><p></p><p>After Buena Vista shut down without warning in May, state legislators decided they needed an additional tool to deal with fiscal emergencies besides the emergency manager law.</p><p></p><p>The new law requires financially troubled districts to prove they have enough money to make it through an entire school year. If not, they can be dissolved. That happened to Inkster's school district last week.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13726 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week Albion & Marshall high school students will be building relationships this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/albion-marshall-high-school-students-will-be-building-relationships-weekend <p>About 250 Albion and Marshall high school students will spend the weekend getting to know one another.</p><p></p><p>The students are attending a weekend long ‘symposium’ at Albion college.</p><p></p><p>More than a hundred Albion students will be attending Marshall High School this fall.</p><p></p><p>Albion school officials decided to close their high school in a budget cutting move.</p><p></p><p>Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper is Albion’s school superintendent. She says this weekend will help build relationships between the two student bodies.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:55:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 13714 at http://michiganradio.org Albion & Marshall high school students will be building relationships this weekend Marshall school board OKs deal to accept Albion high school students http://michiganradio.org/post/marshall-school-board-oks-deal-accept-albion-high-school-students <p>Albion students are a step closer to knowing where they’ll be going to high school this fall.</p><p></p><p>Albion High School is closing for budget reasons. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The district will continue to provide K through 8 education.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Marshall school board voted last night to open its high school to Albion’s students.&nbsp; Albion’s school board will vote on the cooperative agreement next week. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 02:18:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 12828 at http://michiganradio.org Marshall school board OKs deal to accept Albion high school students This week in Michigan politics: Hathaway sentencing, Schauer's bid for governor, education funding http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-hathaway-sentencing-schauers-bid-governor-education-funding <p>This week in Michigan politics, Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-supreme-court-justice-hathaway-sentenced-12-months-and-one-day">the sentencing of former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway,</a> former Congressman’s Mark Schauer’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/schauer-run-michigan-governor-2014-battle-lines-coming-focus">run for governor</a>, and a proposed funding increase for education in the state budget this year.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:58:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Emily Fox 12784 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Hathaway sentencing, Schauer's bid for governor, education funding In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-diane-hathaway-sentenced-additional-funding-schools-weather-update <p><strong>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice sentenced to jail time</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to one year and one day in federal custody, for the crime of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Diane Hathaway illegally concealed a million dollars in assets, so she could qualify for favorable terms on a short sale of one of her homes in Michigan. The defendant had hoped to avoid prison time,” Michigan Radio's Vincent Duffy <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-supreme-court-justice-hathaway-sentenced-12-months-and-one-day">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools could see increase in state funding</strong></p><p>“Michigan public schools would see more state funding under a budget plan approved by the state House. Every school would see at least a five-dollar per-pupil boost. Schools getting the minimum amount from the state could receive up to 60 dollars more per student. The state Senate is expected to take up the education budget today,” Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Strong winds and funnel clouds cause damage in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The National Weather Service reported several funnel cloud sightings in Michigan last night, including a tornado that landed near Goodrich High School southeast of Flint. No injuries were immediately reported. The weather service says high winds in the same severe thunderstorm system heavily damaged several homes, toppling numerous trees and power lines," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:53:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12782 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update Michigan public schools could get a funding boost http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-public-schools-could-get-funding-boost <p>Michigan public schools would get a three-percent overall funding boost under a plan in the state Legislature.</p><p>It comes up for final votes next week.</p><p>No school would get less money per student than it did last year under a plan approved by a state budget panel.</p><p>Lawmakers added language that would guarantee every school gets at least five dollars more per student than last year. Without that provision, some schools could have seen cuts because of reduced payments to cover teacher retirement costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Schools that get the minimum amount of state funding right now could see up to $60 more per student next fiscal year. That total amount is right around $7,000 per student.</p><p>The bill now goes to the floors of the state House and Senate. Fri, 24 May 2013 19:14:45 +0000 Jake Neher 12728 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan public schools could get a funding boost Consolidation is a viable option for some Michigan school districts, but not all http://michiganradio.org/post/consolidation-viable-option-some-michigan-school-districts-not-all <p>Michigan schools have been in headlines for a while now: For many, the mention of Buena Vista schools instantly calls up an image of a closed public school.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Eric Scoresone, an economist at Michigan State University, and Michelle Richard, a senior consultant at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing.</p><p>One of the biggest problems for schools is receiving funding based on a per student basis, Richard said.</p><p>"There were 1,000 students at Buena Vista in 2009-2010, and now there are only 400. You can only cut so quickly and if you don't have kids in seats then you are forced to make challenging decisions."</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:00:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 12644 at http://michiganradio.org Consolidation is a viable option for some Michigan school districts, but not all With Education Summit, some hints and questions about Snyder's education priorities http://michiganradio.org/post/education-summit-some-hints-and-questions-about-snyders-education-priorities <p><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Business leaders and others share their thoughts on the future of Michigan’s education system Monday.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12231 at http://michiganradio.org With Education Summit, some hints and questions about Snyder's education priorities Commentary: Why Susie can't read http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-why-susie-cant-read <p>If there’s agreement on anything having to do with education policy in Michigan, it is that we aren’t getting the results we need.</p><p>Too many students are emerging from school with too few skills to make them competitive for jobs, not to mention the intellectual resources to live fulfilled and happy lives.</p><p>And our leaders are locked in increasingly bitter debates over what to do about this. Democrats blame conservatives for cutting education budgets and demonizing teachers and their unions. Republicans want to divert funding from traditional public schools and encourage parents to let free enterprise charter schools do the job.</p><p>But now there is significant evidence that both sets of arguments miss the real reason many Susies and Johnnies can’t read. The problem is that we are focusing on the wrong age group.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:55:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12173 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Why Susie can't read Michigan lawmakers split over education spending http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-split-over-education-spending <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Majority Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are split over spending plans for K-12 schools, public universities and community colleges.</p><p>Budgets that moved forward Wednesday include a difference over punishing public employers for signing long contracts before the right-to-work law took effect.</p><p>Other rifts include how much to boost preschool funding for at-risk 4-year-olds and whether to give K-12 schools a bigger boost in their per-pupil funding or more for employee retirement costs.</p><p>The House Appropriations Committee approved a $15 billion education budget that restricts or cuts funding for the University of Michigan and other publicly funded entities that agreed to new contracts with employee unions before March 28. Workers must continue paying union dues or fees until the contracts end.</p><p>Senate budget subcommittees are passing budgets without right-to-work penalties. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:11:11 +0000 The Associated Press 12074 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers split over education spending Stateside: Future challenges facing institutions of higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-future-challenges-facing-institutions-higher-education <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">The following is a&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</em></p><p>As funding for higher education experiences drastic cuts, tuition continues to increase nationwide.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, colleges and universities are looking at how they have contributed to the economic situation facing institutions of higher education.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia&nbsp;Canty&nbsp;spoke with James&nbsp;Duderstadt&nbsp;concerning the economic climate among institutions of higher education.</p><p>James Duderstadt,a former president of the University of Michigan, is an important voice in the national conversation among higher education institutions. Mr. Duderstadt&nbsp;currently serves on the National Academies Commission on the Future of the American Research University. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:28:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 11326 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Future challenges facing institutions of higher education Stateside: Study surveys the state of education in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-study-surveys-state-education-michigan <p></p><p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio file.</em></p><p>A recent study called <a href="http://thecenterformichigan.net/articles/events/">“The Public’s Agenda for Public Education”</a> surveyed more than 5,000 Michigan residents to learn how to best improve public education.</p><p>John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth, outreach director for the Center for Michigan, were both involved in the study.</p><p>They spoke today with Cyndy about the survey and the state’s future goals for education reform.</p><p>“Those who most need that economic ladder that a great education provides, are feeling least well served by today’s system,” said Bebow.</p><p>One student with whom Bebow spoke was using dated textbooks.</p><p>“We had a student in a community conversation say, ‘my government textbook says Ronald Reagan was the last president.’ We had other people at the opposite end of the spectrum concerned about how we spend money. There are so many concerns expressed. This survey is by no means a lambasting of the education service industry. People are concerned…” said Bebow. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:58:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10885 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Study surveys the state of education in Michigan Stateside: Higher education at the core of Michigan's revival http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-higher-education-core-michigans-revival <p>Creating cities with educated populations will play a large role in Michigan's revitalization.</p><p>Lou Glazer, President and co-founder of<a href="http://www.michiganfuture.org/about-michigan-future/michigan-future-team/"> Michigan Future Inc.</a>, says that globalization and technology are more powerful in creating a new Michigan than politics or policy.</p><p>“You have to be inventing what’s next," he said.</p><p>Glazer's new agenda aims to create a city in which talent wants to live.</p><p>To do so, he claims, there has to be a high population of college-educated citizens.</p><p>“The places that are doing the best... have a community DNA that values learning, entrepreneurship and being welcoming to all," said Glazer.</p><p>For more of Glazer's interview, listen to the audio above.</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em></a></li></ul><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:20:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10601 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Higher education at the core of Michigan's revival Education Achievement Authority selected as finalist in Race to the Top competition http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-selected-finalist-race-top-competition <p>The Education Achievement Authority (EAA), Michigan’s new reform school district, has been selected as the state’s only finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District competition.</p><p>The EAA is one of 61 finalists nationwide, competing for close to $400 million in federal funds.</p><p>Tyrone Winfrey is the Chief of Staff for the EAA. He says he's optimistic about snagging the funds.</p><p>"I think we were chosen because it's not a one-size-fits-all model," he said, "and it's basically educating students where they are, individually, within those classrooms."</p><p>If awarded the top prize, $40 million, Winfrey says his district would fund professional development and leadership training for the schools' staff members in order to better prepare students for jobs and college.</p><p>The awards are meant to support locally developed plans to personalize student learning, prepare college-ready students, and close achievement gaps.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-61-applications-finalists-400-million-race-top">the Department of Education</a>:</p><blockquote><p>“These finalists are setting the curve for the rest of the country with innovative plans to drive education reform in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.</p><p></p><p>“This competition was designed to support local efforts to close the achievement gap and transform the learning environment in a diverse set of districts, but no matter who wins, children across the country will benefit from the clear vision and track records of success demonstrated by these finalists.”</p></blockquote><p>The EAA was instituted in 2011 to operate the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state.</p><p>It began this school year with 15 Detroit schools and is expected to expand statewide. New legislation would cement the reform district into state law.</p><p>It's part of an <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/sorting-out-michigans-proposed-education-overhaul">education overhaul</a> being promoted by Governor Snyder.</p><p>Opponents call the new district “impersonal,” saying it would erode local control of schools districts.</p><p>The Department of Education will select 15 to 25 districts for four-year awards ranging from $5 million to $40 million.</p><p>Award winners are expected to be announced by the end of the year.</p><p>- <em>Jordan Wyant and Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:15:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10082 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority selected as finalist in Race to the Top competition Sorting out Michigan's proposed education overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/sorting-out-michigans-proposed-education-overhaul <p>In recent days there has been much made of a proposed overhaul to Michigan’s education system.</p><p>The overhaul consists of three parts:</p><ul><li>two bills currently working their way through the state House and Senate,</li><li>and one draft of a bill that has yet to be introduced.</li></ul><p>The bills are part of a package devised in part by Governor Rick Snyder’s education advisor Richard McLellan in an attempt to achieve the Governor’s goal of providing an “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” learning model.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:22:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10019 at http://michiganradio.org Sorting out Michigan's proposed education overhaul Rewriting Michigan's funding plan for education http://michiganradio.org/post/rewriting-michigans-funding-plan-education <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A proposal that Gov. Rick Snyder commissioned to overhaul Michigan's education system would let students take their public funding to any district that will accept them, enroll in state-funded online learning courses and get $2,500 in scholarship money for each semester they graduate early from high school.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press says a group that Michigan's Republican governor asked to propose revisions to the state's K-12 school finance system will release a draft of its bill Monday.<br> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:03:19 +0000 The Associated Press 9969 at http://michiganradio.org