Department of Education http://michiganradio.org en Michigan lawmakers stall plan to replace MEAP with new exams http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-stall-plan-replace-meap-new-exams <p></p><p>One of the many decisions made by state lawmakers during their budget actions last week was to keep the MEAP in place for another year.</p><p>The more than 40-year-old MEAP exam stays put even though Michigan adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. And the state's education department has been working for the past three years to bring in the new testing that is aligned to the Common Core. That new test is called the Smarter Balanced Assessment.</p><p>The state lawmakers' recent decision could mean that educators and students have to hit the reverse button and go back to MEAP. But State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in April that the MEAP was simply “not an option."</p><p>Brian Smith has been reporting on the Common Core and Smarter Balanced vs. MEAP tussle. He said that as the issue moved forward, the Department of Education started to talk to testing vendors and see what could possibly be done.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:25:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 18018 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers stall plan to replace MEAP with new exams How much does it cost to educate a student in Michigan public schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-much-does-it-cost-educate-student-michigan-public-schools <p>Last month, the Michigan House Democrats School Reform Task Force unveiled a new proposal that would require the State Department of Education to determine the actual cost of educating a public school student in Michigan.</p><p>That got us wondering: do we really not know how much it costs to educate a student in our state? And if so, why not?</p><p>Michael Addonizio is a professor of education at Wayne State University, and he joined us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:25:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 15059 at http://michiganradio.org How much does it cost to educate a student in Michigan public schools? Helping schools spot mental illness http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-schools-spot-mental-illness <p>Every time we see still another story about school violence, we ask the same question: why wasn’t anyone able to stop it?</p><p>With still more school violence in the news this week, three Michigan school districts are splitting a $2 million grant to spot and treat mental illness in students.</p><p>Saginaw, Houghton Lake and Detroit’s Education Achievement Authority are getting this aid specifically because they're struggling with student mental health or safety issues, according to state and local data.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:05:33 +0000 Kate Wells 14990 at http://michiganradio.org Helping schools spot mental illness Muskegon Heights schools' emergency manager to update community tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-emergency-manager-update-community-tonight <p>Muskegon Heights Public&nbsp; Schools had <a href="http://web1mdcs.state.mi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&amp;fn=default.htm&amp;vid=mofa:fa">nearly a $12 million deficit </a>at the end of last school year. That's when the district’s newly appointed Emergency Manager Don Weatherspoon said the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/patience-please-muskegon-heights-school-leaders-building-airplane-we-fly-it">district couldn't afford to open school in the fall.</a> He laid off most all the staff and hired charter school company Mosaica Education to run the schools for five years.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:12:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13192 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights schools' emergency manager to update community tonight Detroit students say education policies violate their civil rights http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-say-education-policies-violate-their-civil-rights <p>Some students, parents, and education advocates from Detroit and Highland Park will testify at a federal hearing in Washington this week.</p><p>They are part of a nationwide group speaking out against changes in Detroit and other poor school districts.</p><p>The group alleges that some of the measures, particularly closing neighborhood schools, have “sabotaged and destabilized” education for many children.</p><p>Helen Moore is with the Detroit-based group Keep the Vote-No Takeover.</p><p>She said the group wasn’t getting far fighting these measures at the local level.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:33:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10968 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students say education policies violate their civil rights Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates http://michiganradio.org/post/uncertainty-about-national-health-care-worries-school-clinic-advocates <p>Advocates for school-based health clinics are meeting today&nbsp;at the state capitol.</p><p>There are approximately 100 school-based health centers operating in Michigan. They serve about 200,000&nbsp; students.</p><p>Michele Straz&nbsp;is the executive director of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan.&nbsp;She says it&rsquo;s important to maintain government, foundation&nbsp;and other funding so&nbsp;the clinics can continue to&nbsp;provide a critical service to children.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:48:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 6071 at http://michiganradio.org Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates MI Dept. of Education reverses confidentiality rule http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-dept-education-reverses-confidentiality-rule <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde">state Department of Education</a> will no longer require people who serve on advisory panels to sign confidentiality agreements. The agreements required committee members to support all of a panel&rsquo;s policy recommendations &ndash; even ones they don&rsquo;t agree with.</p><p>The panels are made up of experts and stakeholders who help develop policy recommendations that go to the department and, sometimes, to the Legislature. People in the education community complained the signed statements seemed designed to stifle views that don&rsquo;t go along with the group or the department. The department says it will no longer ask advisory panel members to sign the agreements.</p><p>Martin Ackley is with the state Department of Education. He says the goal is still to get the vast array of interests in education policy to reach consensus on complex questions.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;But if they don&rsquo;t agree with the final consensus recommendation of the entire group, they can provide for a minority report that is in dissent.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>A government watchdog says it was a good idea to reverse the policy because it undermined public confidence that government is open to all opinions. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:36:19 +0000 Rick Pluta 3273 at http://michiganradio.org Number of homeless kids in MI has tripled in the past few years http://michiganradio.org/post/number-homeless-kids-mi-has-tripled-past-few-years <p>School districts <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/homelessdata.pdf">reported</a> 23,000 homeless kids in grades K-12, for last year’s school year.&nbsp;&nbsp; But keep in mind, those were only the kids who actually showed up to school and who identified as homeless.</p><p>Lot’s of young people don’t want to admit they're homeless to an adult, or they don’t consider themselves homeless if they sleep on a friend’s couch for months at a time.</p><p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 21:27:22 +0000 Kyle Norris 681 at http://michiganradio.org Number of homeless kids in MI has tripled in the past few years 3rd congressional candidate debate heats up in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/3rd-congressional-candidate-debate-heats-grand-rapids <p>Congressional candidates in Michigan&#39;s third district debated health care, education, and government spending in West Michigan Wednesday night.</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 04:57:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 179 at http://michiganradio.org 3rd congressional candidate debate heats up in Grand Rapids