schools http://michiganradio.org en MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-more-interest-buying-locally-grown-food <p>A new Michigan State University survey finds a growing number of school lunch rooms, hospitals cafeterias and other institutions are interested in filling their pantries with locally grown food.</p><p></p><p>MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems has been asking institutions about whether they buy locally grown fruits, vegetables and other food staples since 2004.</p><p></p><p>Center director Michael Hamm says the number of school cafeterias buying local has tripled in the last decade. But he says there’s only so much more local farmers can produce now.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 17:30:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 12416 at http://michiganradio.org MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food Michigan schools mull Pledge of Allegiance, US flag bills http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-schools-mull-pledge-allegiance-us-flag-bills <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The time-honored tradition of students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance soon could be enshrined into Michigan law - along with a requirement that every public school classroom have a U.S. flag.<br><br> The Michigan Legislature has approved the measures with little resistance, and the flag legislation is heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.<br> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:39:02 +0000 The Associated Press 9104 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan schools mull Pledge of Allegiance, US flag bills Madison Heights teachers get 10% retroactive pay cut, may sue district http://michiganradio.org/post/madison-heights-teachers-get-10-retroactive-pay-cut-may-sue-district <p>A public school district in Oakland County imposed a <a href="http://www.madisonschools.k12.mi.us/negotiations_update/">ten percent pay cut</a> on its teachers retroactive to the start of the school year.</p><p>Now it is likely the teachers will sue the district.</p><p>Teachers in the <a href="http://www.madisonschools.k12.mi.us/">Madison Heights school district</a> have been working without a contract for three years. In that time there&rsquo;s been lots of bargaining, a fact finding mission, mediation - but to no avail.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:02:04 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7133 at http://michiganradio.org Madison Heights teachers get 10% retroactive pay cut, may sue district Michigan Senate passes bill banning intimate relations between school employees and students http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-passes-bill-banning-intimate-relations-between-school-employees-and-students <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; The Michigan Senate has approved legislation aimed at expanding prohibitions against sex between school employees and students.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The Senate passed the main bill in a legislative package by a 36-2 vote Tuesday. The legislation advances to the House.</span></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:28:28 +0000 The Associated Press 6707 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate passes bill banning intimate relations between school employees and students U-M panel focuses on Michigan's Emergency Manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-panel-focuses-michigans-emergency-manager-law <p>Several elected officials and about a hundred others packed into a small conference room on the University of Michigan campus Monday night to talk about the state&rsquo;s controversial <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/emergency-manager">Emergency Manager</a> Law.</p><p>The Emergency Manager panel consisted of three elected Democratic officials: Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Ann Arbor Representative Jeff Irwin and Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6117 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan school district considers banning two books http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-considers-banning-two-books <p>Two award-winning novels are at the center of a book-banning effort in the <a href="http://www.pccs.k12.mi.us/">Plymouth-Canton school district</a>.</p><p>One of the books up for review is <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_dilettante/2006/05/why_is_beloved_beloved.html">Toni Morrison&rsquo;s <em>Beloved</em></a>, a story about slavery, rape and the effects of trauma.</p><p>Meredith Yancy, 16, is reading the book in her Advanced Placement English Literature class at Salem High School. She says she didn&rsquo;t have a problem with the book&rsquo;s mature content.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:48:53 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5825 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan school district considers banning two books Bill to allow more charter schools in Michigan stalls in Republican-led House http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-allow-more-charter-schools-michigan-stalls-republican-led-house <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Republican-led Senate has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-schools-proposal-michigan-senate-turns-bullying-debate">passed a measure</a> that removes the 150-school cap on university-sponsored charters. The bill is now stalled in the House.</p><p>The way the current cap works: If a charter is considered &quot;high performing,&quot; it is re-labeled a School of Excellence, and removed from the cap, which leaves a vacancy for a new university-sponsored charter school to fill.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:23:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5375 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to allow more charter schools in Michigan stalls in Republican-led House Schools can get $500 "bus grants" for arts and culture field trips http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-can-get-500-bus-grants-arts-and-culture-field-trips <p>Teachers across the state can now <a href="http://michiganyoutharts.org/grants">apply for grants</a> to help cover transportation costs for field trips.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/">Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs</a> is providing schools with Arts &amp; Culture Trek grants worth $500 to help cover transportation costs.</p><p>Stacey Lind is with the Michigan Youth Arts, the group that&rsquo;ll be distributing the grants. She said there&#39;s an approved <a href="http://michiganyoutharts.org/grants/apply">list of all organizations </a>on their website, which includes &quot;museums<span style="font-weight: bold;">, </span>orchestras, performing arts centers, dance organizations, [and] the Detroit Zoo.&quot;</p><p>Lind said extracurricular activities like field trips are often the first things to go when a school is trying to cut costs:</p><p>&quot;Some students never go to the symphony; some students never get to see a live dance performance,&quot; said Lind. &quot;These transportation grants provide an opportunity for those students to actually be able to see and experience things&nbsp; they might never be exposed to in school.&quot;</p><p>About 100 grants are available, though Lind says more could be on the way.&nbsp; Each school can qualify for one$500 grant.</p><p><a href="http://michiganyoutharts.org/grants/apply">Applications are available </a>now through January 16 for field trips between March and May of 2012. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:37:01 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5350 at http://michiganradio.org Schools can get $500 "bus grants" for arts and culture field trips Education for Michigan kids: Their future, and ours http://michiganradio.org/post/education-michigan-kids-their-future-and-ours <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The other day I was on a panel with Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor of the Detroit News, talking about Michigan&rsquo;s future.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:18:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5038 at http://michiganradio.org Education for Michigan kids: Their future, and ours Students sent home after possible school threat http://michiganradio.org/post/students-sent-home-after-possible-school-threat <p>CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Students were being sent home early at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools&#39; high schools after police say a note containing a possible threat was found.</p><p>Police in Wayne County&#39;s Canton Township said in a statement that a &quot;note indicating possible retaliation&quot; was found before the start of classes at the suburban Detroit high school complex. Details of the note containing the &quot;possible threat&quot; weren&#39;t released by police.</p><p>Police say the high schools went into semi-lockdown and students were being sent home out of an abundance of caution. An investigation was under way.</p><p>The district announced the early dismissal for students at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park on its website. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:54:05 +0000 The Associated Press 4412 at http://michiganradio.org School supplies not required, but encouraged http://michiganradio.org/post/school-supplies-not-required-encouraged <p>For most Michigan kids, today is the first day back to school.&nbsp; And many are taking backpacks full of school supplies. They are not <strong><em>required</em></strong> to take school supplies. By state law the public schools are to supply everything students need for class.&nbsp;</p><p>When you add it all up, the new school clothes, gym shoes, and all those binders, crayons, paper, pens and pencils, back-to-school shopping is big business.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really become probably the second biggest shopping period of the year, right behind Christmas.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>That&rsquo;s Tom Scott with <a href="http://www.retailers.com/mra/">Michigan Retailers Association</a>. One national estimate puts back-to-school shopping at about 16 percent of retail business in a year. It&rsquo;s difficult to separate just how much of that is actual school supplies and not clothes or computers.&nbsp;</p><p>The school districts always put out a long list of things kids might need for school and parents start hunting. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 4032 at http://michiganradio.org School supplies not required, but encouraged U.S. Sec of Education Duncan to visit Detroit on Thursday http://michiganradio.org/post/us-sec-education-duncan-visit-detroit-thursday <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will make an appearance in Detroit this week, just days after a visit from President Obama. It&#39;s part of a three-day &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-education-and-economy-back-school-bus-tour-sto">Education and the Economy</a>&rdquo; tour Secretary Duncan is taking through the Midwest.</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4026 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Sec of Education Duncan to visit Detroit on Thursday Web site will give parents school info http://michiganradio.org/post/web-site-will-give-parents-school-info <p>A new state Web site goes live tomorrow that will give parents better access to information about Michigan schools. The Web site, <a href="https://www.mischooldata.org/">mischooldata.org</a>,&nbsp;will compile data that parents used to have to hunt for in different places.</p><p>Tom Howell of the Center for Educational Performance and Information says eventually there will be more information available &ndash; like graduation rates, and how well high schools are preparing students:</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:06:45 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3745 at http://michiganradio.org Web site will give parents school info Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-union-trying-change-direction-legislatures-push-alter-tenure-laws <p>The state Senate may soon consider bills to make it easier to fire veteran teachers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The state House has already passed the bills.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:35:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 3050 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers' union is trying to change the direction of the legislature's push to alter tenure laws House bill may make student achievement a big part of teacher evaluations http://michiganradio.org/post/house-bill-may-make-student-achievement-big-part-teacher-evaluations <p>All teachers in Michigan may be evaluated based on the success of their students.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the goal of legislation introduced by state representative <a href="http://029.housedems.com/">Tim Melton</a> this week. He wants student achievement to be 50 percent of a teacher&rsquo;s annual evaluation.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:08:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3003 at http://michiganradio.org House bill may make student achievement a big part of teacher evaluations School health clinics in Michigan to get a boost http://michiganradio.org/post/school-health-clinics-michigan-get-boost <p>Health clinics based inside 3 Grand Rapids high schools will get $2.6 million over the next five years. Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Schools, and the Michigan Department of Community Health pay for the program. The state is expected to announce grants for other school clinic programs soon.</p><p>Lisa Lowery is a primary care doctor at Spectrum Health. She shows off the health clinic&rsquo;s laboratory, patient rooms, and the dental clinic. A high school senior getting his teeth cleaned gives us a thumbs up.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 21:02:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2677 at http://michiganradio.org School health clinics in Michigan to get a boost School cuts likley as budget rolls through Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/school-cuts-likley-budget-rolls-through-legislature <p>The Michigan Senate handed a complete state spending plan over to the state House today.</p><p>That leaves just a couple more steps before the budget bills go to Governor Rick Snyder for his approval.</p><p>The arguments on both sides of the aisle in the Legislature have been cyclical in recent weeks; Republicans have offered up departmental spending plans with deep cuts, and Democrats have said the cuts help businesses and hurt working poor families and children.</p><p>When talking about the K-12 schools budget, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer said:</p><p>&quot;Amidst a long day of voting on bad budgets, we find ourselves looking at the absolute worst of the worst.&quot;</p><p>The K-12 schools budget makes additional cuts in per-pupil funding with the possibility of offsetting those cuts by consolidating services and by encouraging other Republican-proposed &ldquo;best practices.&rdquo;</p><p>Overall the complaints of Democrats have had little impact on the budget process. The party lacks enough votes to get in the way of a budget that has thus-far rolled quickly through the Republican-controlled Legislature.</p><p>It appears any debate on this budget will be over by early next week. Wed, 25 May 2011 21:17:58 +0000 Laura Weber 2646 at http://michiganradio.org School cuts likley as budget rolls through Legislature Michigan lawmakers seek compromise on next budget http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-seek-compromise-next-budget <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers may be closing in on a compromise plan related to education spending.</p><p>Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Wednesday negotiators are working on a proposal that would lessen the projected cuts to K-12 school funding.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder in February proposed cutting per-student funding by an additional $300 in the next budget year. The developing revised plan would provide $100 per student to all districts to offset or restore part of that cut. The cut could be reduced by another $100 per student if districts adopt so-called &quot;best financial practices.&quot;</p><p>The proposal would cut university funding by 15 percent and community college funding by 4 percent.</p><p>Richardville stressed negotiators are still working toward the possible agreement. Talks are continuing between Senate, House and Snyder administration leaders. Wed, 18 May 2011 14:49:25 +0000 The Associated Press 2545 at http://michiganradio.org State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-education-committee-passes-bill-decertify-teachers-unions-authorize-strikes <p>The state House Education committee has approved <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ksdrt055z4bxfy55ymsek1a3))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4466">a bill</a> that would decertify a teachers&rsquo; union if the teachers vote to go on strike.&nbsp; Individual teachers could also be fined or fired under the legislation.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s illegal for teachers to strike in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:15:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 2251 at http://michiganradio.org State House Education committee passes bill to 'decertify' teachers' unions that authorize strikes Governor Snyder: Move education system into one built for technological age http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-move-education-system-one-built-technological-age <p>In a speech at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan&#39;s office in Detroit this morning, Governor Snyder laid out his plans for reforming Michigan&#39;s education system.</p><p>It&#39;s a system that Snyder said needs to be <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">transformed from one &quot;<em>still rooted in the days of a mostly farm-based society to one that prepares students for the technological age of today and jobs of tomorrow.</em>&quot;</span></p><p>Snyder says the need for reform is clear. In a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/SpecialMessageonEducationReform_351586_7.pdf">message to the state legislature</a> that outlined his broad plans, he noted the following statistics:</p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">A total of 238 Michigan high schools have zero college-ready students based on the spring 2010 ACT test</span></li><li>Only 16% of all students statewide are college-ready based on the ACT taken in spring 2010 as a part of the MME</li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Fewer than 50% of students are proficient in writing </span>based on fall 2010 MEAP data in grades 4 and 7 and spring 2010 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) data for grade 11</li><li><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Michigan ranks 21<sup>st</sup> in the country in total current expenditures per-pupil, yet it ranks 39<sup>th</sup> in the nation when it comes to fourth grade math proficiency and 34<sup>th</sup> in reading proficiency</span></li></ul><p>Here&#39;s a summary of Snyder&#39;s education plan: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:18:16 +0000 Mark Brush 2243 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder: Move education system into one built for technological age