consolidation http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-1-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the day. After months and months of debate, Healthy Michigan is here. That's the official name for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program. Today, on Stateside: Who is eligible for the new coverage and why are other states looking to Michigan for lessons learned?</span></p><p>Then, it made news: the merger between financially struggling Albion High School and its neighbor, Marshall. Now, more than halfway through the school year, we checked in on how the students are faring.</p><p>And, a new report is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children, and the findings for Michigan children are troubling.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nother hugely surprising retirement from Congress. Republican Congressman Dave Camp, who represents Michigan's 4th district, announced that he will not run again for re-election. Camp has served in Congress for 24 years and has been chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.</span></p><p>Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta, co-hosts of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics, joined us today to talk about what’s next for Camp and what this means for Michigan in Congress.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17063 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 How do school consolidations affect students and teachers? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-school-consolidations-affect-students-and-teachers <p>There are 545 local school districts in Michigan and 56 Intermediate School Districts, or ISDs.</p><p>Around 50 of those districts were in the red at the end of the last school year.</p><p>And that leads to talk of consolidations, of mergers; streamlining, becoming more efficient and joining forces.</p><p>But as policymakers, educators and parents debate the merits of consolidation, what about those who will feel what that is like, day in and day out – the students and their teachers?</p><p>That’s the question Bridge Magazine writer Ron French explores in his series of reports for Bridge called <a href="http://bridgemi.com/tag/series-13-miles-to-marshall/">13 Miles to Marshall</a>.</p><p>When struggling Albion High School closed at the end of the last school year, it meant more than 150 Albion high schoolers had to be bused to nearby Marshall High School. It made sense in business terms for both districts. But what kinds of challenges did this consolidation present? And were those challenges met and overcome?</p><p>Ron French joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:49:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 17060 at http://michiganradio.org How do school consolidations affect students and teachers? Impacts of new school consolidation law felt in northern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/impacts-new-school-consolidation-law-felt-northern-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A record number of Michigan schools are struggling to stay in the black.</span></p><p>So far, the headlines have focused on the fiscal problems of some of the state&rsquo;s more populated counties.</p><p>A new state law allows state officials to dissolve and consolidate small schools with big problems.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:49:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 14672 at http://michiganradio.org Impacts of new school consolidation law felt in northern Michigan This week in Michigan politics: Detroit's bankruptcy case, Judge Steven Rhodes, dissolving schools http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroits-bankruptcy-case-judge-steven-rhodes-dissolving-schools <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the legality of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-files-federal-bankruptcy-protection">Detroit's filing for bankruptcy</a>, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what-can-we-expect-judge-steven-rhodes">Judge Steven Rhodes</a> and the first federal bankruptcy hearing today, and the fate of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-school-districts-be-dissolved">Buena Vista and Inkster school districts</a>.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:37:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13665 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Detroit's bankruptcy case, Judge Steven Rhodes, dissolving schools 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 In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-pension-systems-consolidating-school-services-detroit-city-council <p><strong>Detroit's pension systems vs. Kevyn Orr</strong></p><p>Detroit has two pension systems and both have posted fairly strong funding levels. But emergency manager Kevyn Orr has questioned some of those numbers. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says using more realistic projections changes the funding levels, but Detroit’s pension systems say their numbers are correct.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools might consolidate services</strong></p><p>Michigan schools could be forced to consolidate many of their services into <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">county-wide systems</a> if state lawmakers decide to go along with a plan released yesterday by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan. Flanagan wants services like transportation, food, and staff training to be handled at the county or regional level.</p><p>“And local districts, they can spend time on student achievement issues and not worry about all that other stuff,” Flanagan told Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council will select new leader</strong></p><p>The Detroit City Council is expected to select a new president today. The board typically numbers nine but now has six members after two recently resigned and the former President Charles Pugh deserted his duties.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:29:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13428 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-lansing-fire-departments-plan-work-more-closely-together <p>Lansing is joining with five of its neighbors to create something close to a regional fire department.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire departments in Lansing, East Lansing, Delhi Township, Lansing Township, Meridian Township and Delta Township have signed "shared service" agreements.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreements, the closest fire station will respond to local emergencies, whether the emergency is in their town or not. Under existing "mutual aid" agreements, the outside fire department has to be asked to respond.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:14:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 12971 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-can-t-follow-deficit-elimination-plans-could-be-dissolved-under-new-bill <p>State lawmakers are working on legislation they hope will prevent another crisis like the one in the Buena Vista school district. Students there sat at home while school was closed for two weeks last month because the district couldn’t afford to pay its teachers. Buena Vista is not alone; <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/15-michigan-schools-running-biggest-deficits">a number of districts have had problems </a>keeping their doors open because of financial problems this year.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:39:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12908 at http://michiganradio.org Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/group-opposing-merge-saugutuck-douglas-turns-petition-signatures <p>A group that’s against a proposed merger of two cities in West Michigan turned in more than enough signatures today to put the question before voters.</p><p>About 2,000 people live in the neighboring cities of Saugatuck and Douglas.</p><p>Matt Balmer is a spokesperson the <a href="http://www.cicc2013.com/">Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities</a>. The group collected 342 signatures in the past few weeks.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:31:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11305 at http://michiganradio.org Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures Michigan awards grants to 32 communities to find new ways to get along http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-awards-grants-32-communities-find-new-ways-get-along <p>Getting along with your neighbors isn’t always easy. So Governor Rick Snyder came up with a pretty simple plan to get townships, counties and cities to find new ways to work together; give them some kind of incentive, specifically, money.</p><p>Michigan Department of Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says these Competitive Grant Assistance Grants are incentives to get neighboring cities, townships and counties to work together in new ways.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:07:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9586 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor school board approves consolidation http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-school-board-approves-consolidation <p>The school board in Benton Harbor has voted to consolidate its schools as part of a five-year plan to eliminate the southwestern Michigan district&#39;s deficit.</p><p>WSJM-AM and WNDU-TV report the board voted Tuesday night to go forward with the reorganization, which faced opposition from some students and parents. Following the changes, the district will have four K-8 schools, a high school and a Pre-K program. The district&#39;s administrative offices also will move.</p><p>Superintendent Leonard Seawood says the district plans to complete the changes by 2016. He says the changes will be &quot;historic for our students.&quot;</p><p>Officials say the consolidation is part of an effort to avoid the possible appointment of a state-appointed emergency financial manager because of the district&#39;s financial difficulties. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:35:46 +0000 The Associated Press 6812 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor school board approves consolidation Grand Rapids city, schools, search for new ways to save money http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-city-schools-search-new-ways-save-money <p>Grand Rapids city and school district officials have met regularly for more than a decade to come up with ways to share services and facilities to benefit one another. Now, <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-big-budget-hole">state budget concerns </a>are pressuring them to look even harder for those cost-saving solutions.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:02:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1396 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids city, schools, search for new ways to save money Heartwell: Grand Rapids ‘destination city’ http://michiganradio.org/post/heartwell-grand-rapids-%E2%80%98destination-city%E2%80%99 <p><a href="http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/index.pl?page_id=1010">Grand Rapids’ Mayor George Heartwell</a> painted his city as a destination for medical researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and young people in his State of the City address Saturday. Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:34:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1184 at http://michiganradio.org Ottawa County consolidates two elected offices http://michiganradio.org/post/ottawa-county-consolidates-two-elected-offices <p>Tight budgets are forcing local governments across the state to do more with less. That's easier said than done - even in traditionally fiscally conservative areas. <span class="article-content"><span>Straight</span></span><span class="article-content"><span> ticket republican voters in Ottawa County outnumbered their democratic counterparts 4 to 1 in the last election. Many self-described-fiscal-conservatives spoke out against the plan. They don't think the consolidation will save the county as much money as expected and worry services will suffer.<br> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:20:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 369 at http://michiganradio.org