Arne Duncan http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: MI Rep might join FBI, Palisades leaks into Lake MI, Detroit showing promise http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-mi-rep-might-join-fbi-palisades-leaks-lake-mi-detroit-showing-promise <p><strong>Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers candidate for FBI director</strong></p><p>A group representing FBI agents and retirees says it wants Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) to be the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fbi-agents-want-michigan-congressman-be-bureau-director">next FBI director</a>. Rogers worked as an FBI agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate. He was later elected to Congress.</p><p><strong>Seventy-nine gallons of radioactive water in Lake Michigan</strong></p><p>The Palisades Nuclear Plant shut down yesterday after a release of slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.&nbsp; Seventy-nine gallons drained into Lake Michigan near South Haven on Saturday.</p><p>"The agency does not know exactly how radioactive the water was, but based on general knowledge of where the water came from there is no risk to public safety," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan">reports</a> Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith.</p><p><strong>U.S. Education Secretary finds promise in Detroit</strong></p><p>Yesterday U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Governor Rick Snyder visited public schools in Detroit and a school in the state’s Education Achievement Authority. The EAA is a controversial entity meant to turn around some of the state’s worst public schools.</p><p>"US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he’s “very encouraged” by improvements he’s seen in Detroit schools."&nbsp; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-education-secretary-snyder-tour-eaa-and-dps-schools">reports</a> Michigan Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 11:27:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12442 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: MI Rep might join FBI, Palisades leaks into Lake MI, Detroit showing promise US education secretary, governor to visit 3 Michigan schools http://michiganradio.org/post/us-education-secretary-governor-visit-3-michigan-schools <p>DETROIT (AP) - President Obama's education secretary will be in Detroit on Monday for a town hall meeting on education issues and visits to three area schools.<br><br>The Detroit Public Schools and Gov. Rick Snyder's office say Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Snyder will visit a fifth-grade class at Thirkell Elementary School.<br><br>The school has about 490 students from preschool to eighth grade. It's about 31/2 northwest of downtown Detroit.<br> Sun, 05 May 2013 20:39:33 +0000 The Associated Press 12418 at http://michiganradio.org US education secretary, governor to visit 3 Michigan schools White House report: Obama's jobs bill would support 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-report-obamas-jobs-bill-would-support-11900-teaching-jobs-michigan <p>A new White House report claims President Obama&rsquo;s $447 billion <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/jobsact#overview">American Jobs Act</a> will save or create 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/teacher_jobs_at_risk_report.pdf">&quot;Teachers Jobs At Risk&quot; report</a>, about 300,000 education jobs across the country have been cut since 2008, and another 280,000 teaching jobs are in jeopardy.</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:50:36 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4438 at http://michiganradio.org White House report: Obama's jobs bill would support 11,900 teaching jobs in Michigan "Detroit College Promise" awards $500 tuition grant to students http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-college-promise-awards-500-tuition-grant-students <p>When <a href="http://www.ed.gov/">U.S. Secretary of Education</a> Arne Duncan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/education-secretary-arne-duncan-michigan-praises-detroit-education-efforts">visited Detroit last week</a>, he brought up the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program. He called it the &ldquo;best economic development tool&rdquo; for a city, and urged Detroit to develop something similar.</p> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 19:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4102 at http://michiganradio.org "Detroit College Promise" awards $500 tuition grant to students Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Michigan, praises Detroit education efforts http://michiganradio.org/post/education-secretary-arne-duncan-michigan-praises-detroit-education-efforts <p><strong>Update 3:14 p.m.</strong></p><p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan say he &quot;couldn&rsquo;t be more hopeful&quot; about the future of Detroit&#39;s public schools.</p><p>At today&#39;s town hall meeting at the Charles H. Wright Academy in Detroit, Duncan praised Governor Snyder and DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts for their commitment to education reform, and he urged everyone at the event to rally around those efforts:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;You have all the building blocks in place to do something remarkable here. Has Detroit struggled? Absolutely, no question about it. But my challenge, and the opportunity here is: Can Detroit become the fastest improving urban district in the country? And I see no reason why that can&rsquo;t happen.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Duncan says he takes the work he does in Detroit &quot;very, very seriously.&quot; He adds that if Detroit public schools haven&rsquo;t improved by the time he leaves office, he&rsquo;ll consider his tenure &quot;a failure.&quot;</p><p>The Secretary also gave a shout out to the <a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">Kalamazoo Promise</a>, the anonymously-funded program that <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-ashleys-story">pays</a> for almost every Kalamazoo public school graduate to go to a state-supported college or university. Duncan said if Detroit could develop something similar it would be the &quot;best economic development tool&quot; for the city:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;If we could make that guarantee of not just a 2-year but a 4-year university education possible for every young man and woman who graduates from Detroit Public Schools, that would be absolutely amazing.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Governor Snyder, who was also at today&#39;s event, says the state needs to do a better job when it comes to educating Michigan&rsquo;s children. &quot;When we looked at the numbers we only have 17% of our kids college ready,&quot; says Snyder. He calls that percentage &quot;absolutely unacceptable.&quot;</p><p><strong>11:23 a.m.</strong></p><p>U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting Michigan today as part of his &quot;Education and the Economy&quot; <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/bustour/">bus tour</a> of the Midwest.</p><p>This morning he made a stop in Detroit where he joined Governor Rick Snyder, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and DPS emergency manager Roy Roberts to discuss the status of Detroit Public Schools.</p><p>The bus left Detroit and headed for Ann Arbor. Right now, he&#39;s participating in a panel discussion at the University of Michigan.&nbsp; Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer Guerra is covering that and will have more for us later.</p><p>In Detroit this morning, Duncan told a crowd at the Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science that he takes the progress of Detroit Public Schools personally. Duncan called the district &quot;ground zero&quot; in education reform two years ago. From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110908/NEWS01/110908007/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>He said that if DPS does not see significant improvements during his tenure in office, he will consider it a personal failure.</p><p>&ldquo;I take the work here very, very personally,&rdquo; Duncan said.</p><p>Since Duncan&rsquo;s visit in 2009, the district has implemented a five-year academic plan and the graduation rate has grown to 62%, up by about 4%.</p></blockquote><p>The Education Secretary&#39;s visit comes a day after the Detroit Public Schools had 55 percent of enrolled students show up for the first day of classes, as <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-pull-about-55-enrolled-students-first-day?nopop=1">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek</a> reported.</p><p>Duncan said the success of the Detroit Public School system is tied to the overall success of the state. From <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/09/education_secretary_arne_dunca_3.html">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Just as you can&#39;t have a great state without having a great city of Detroit, you cannot revitalize the city of Detroit without a great public education system. Those two things are inextricably linked.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Duncan praised the leadership of Governor Snyder, Detroit Mayor Bing, and DPS emergency manager Roy Roberts for their &quot;alignment of courage&quot; to turn the Detroit school system around.</p><p>After the panel discussion in Ann Arbor, Duncan is off to Indiana. Here&#39;s a Google Map of Duncan&#39;s bus tour:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http:%2F%2Fwww.ed.gov%2Fkml%2Fbustour-0908-1.kml&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;source=embed&amp;vpsrc=6&amp;ll=42.407235,-84.243164&amp;spn=5.677996,9.338379&amp;z=6&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http:%2F%2Fwww.ed.gov%2Fkml%2Fbustour-0908-1.kml&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;source=embed&amp;vpsrc=6&amp;ll=42.407235,-84.243164&amp;spn=5.677996,9.338379&amp;z=6" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:41:47 +0000 Mark Brush & Jennifer Guerra 4073 at http://michiganradio.org Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Michigan, praises Detroit education efforts 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