school district http://michiganradio.org en Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-school-districts-add-minutes-or-days-after-snow-days-and-who-gets-decide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With many Michigan schools racking up snow days, what's the best way to make up lost time? Adding minutes onto the school day? Or adding days at the end of the school year? Should local districts be allowed to decide for themselves or should Lansing make the decision for them?</span></p><p>Bridge Magazine contributing writer Ted Roelofs dug into these questions for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/02/snow-wars/">his story</a> in this week's Bridge.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16514 at http://michiganradio.org Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? What would happen if we consolidated schools into county-wide districts? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-would-happen-if-we-consolidated-schools-county-wide-districts <p>More and more of our local school districts are in financial trouble, and State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan has a couple ideas as to what we can do about it.</p><p>As I discussed briefly last week, he is proposing either going to a system of county-wide districts, or, if that won't fly, at least consolidating and centralizing administrative and some academic functions at either a county or a regional level.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:38:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13550 at http://michiganradio.org What would happen if we consolidated schools into county-wide districts? This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-consolidating-schools-creditors-bus-tour-detroit-city-council <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the proposal to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">consolidate school districts</a> into county-wide systems, the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/orr-cancels-detroit-bus-tour-creditors-pull-out">canceled bus tour</a> for Detroit creditors, and the new changes on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">Detroit City Council</a>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:43:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13455 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council Michigan's State Superintendent wants to move toward county-wide school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">One hundred years ago, the state of Michigan had more than 7,000 local school districts.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">There are slightly more than 800 school districts today, and <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/June_2013_Quarterly_Report_FINAL_423427_7.pdf">many of them are struggling with their finances</a>.</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:00:11 +0000 Mark Brush 13421 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's State Superintendent wants to move toward county-wide school districts Ann Arbor to cut 30 teachers from district http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-cut-30-teachers-district <p>At a meeting that lasted until almost 2 a.m., the Ann Arbor School Board voted to cut 27 full-time teachers from schools across the district. The school board also voted to eliminate three teachers from <a href="http://a2ri.com/">Ann Arbor's reading intervention program.</a></p><p>The board had to make some tough decisions for the 2013-14 school year, according to Board President Deb Mexicotte.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:21:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13028 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor to cut 30 teachers from district Ann Arbor schools face $17.8 million budget deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-face-178-million-budget-deficit <p>Michigan school <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/emergency-manager">districts are struggling</a> with growing budget deficits. Even relatively wealthy districts are facing unprecedented cuts.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home">Ann Arbor Public School district</a> faces a $17.8 million deficit. The district&#39;s <a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/budget/files/1112aapsbudget.pdf">budget</a> for the 2011-12 school year is $183 million.&nbsp;</p><p>Deputy Superintendent of Operations Robert Allen met with the district&#39;s Board of Education on Wednesday, where he laid out three possible plans to deal with the deficit in Ann Arbor &ndash; each one progressively more severe.&nbsp;</p><p>All three proposals include:</p><ul><li>teacher layoffs: Plan A: 32 teachers; Plan B: 48 teachers; Plan C: 64 teachers</li><li>closing Roberto Clemente, one of two alternative high schools in the district</li><li>cuts to transportation*</li></ul><p>*Plan C calls for getting rid of high school bus routes entirely.</p><p>Ann Arbor School Board president Deb Mexicotte says the cuts are &quot;reaching the bone,&quot; and &quot;if you keep cutting, you&rsquo;re going to reach the place where you can no longer maintain what you do well.&quot;</p><p>Mexicotte blames the state for what she says its chronic under-funding of education:</p><p>&quot;This is not the story of our smallest districts or our districts that have struggled because of their tax revenue package. We&rsquo;re talking about districts that people generally think are insulated from these kinds of things.&quot; She adds, &quot;we&rsquo;re all in this together.&quot; Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:31:14 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7119 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor schools face $17.8 million budget deficit Ypsilanti, Willow Run school districts consider consolidation http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-willow-run-school-districts-consider-consolidation <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) &mdash; Leaders of the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts say plans to consolidate could prevent them from being placed under the control of an emergency financial manager.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">AnnArbor.com reports&nbsp;both school districts have been on the state&#39;s list of districts operating with a deficit consistently since 2009. Ypsilanti Public Schools has a total projected deficit of $9.4 million and Willow Run Community Schools has a $1.7 million deficit.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The superintendents of both districts said Tuesday that consolidation could prevent an emergency manager and improve student achievement.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Ypsilanti Superintendent Dedrick Martin says his district has spent more than it has taken in since 2004-05. Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says school officials are looking to take a local, proactive approach to solving their schools&#39; growing financial and student achievement problems.</span> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:25:09 +0000 The Associated Press 6720 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti, Willow Run school districts consider consolidation School Daze (Its the first day of school for many Michigan children) http://michiganradio.org/post/school-daze-its-first-day-school-many-michigan-children <p>Today&rsquo;s the first day of school for most children in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; In Lansing, this is also the beginning of the final year on the job for the district&rsquo;s&nbsp; school superintendent.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As the&nbsp;public address system blared instructions for which classroom or auditorium&nbsp;they should go to,&nbsp;hundreds of students found their way around Lansing&rsquo;s STEM Academy this morning.&nbsp; District Superintendent T.C. Wallace was there to help them find their way.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:17:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 4036 at http://michiganradio.org School Daze (Its the first day of school for many Michigan children)