Birmingham en What would happen if we consolidated schools into 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 What would happen if we consolidated schools into county-wide districts? Are schools gaming the system or following the rules? <p>Governor Snyder’s school reform agenda includes rewarding schools for so called best practices.</p><p>Those include providing physical education, offering online instructional programs or blended learning opportunities, or being a school of choice. Districts meeting seven out of eight of those best practices are eligible to receive 52 additional dollars per pupil in the district.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer White 13236 at Are schools gaming the system or following the rules? Birmingham Schools Face Lawsuit Over Fees <p>A lawsuit filed against Birmingham Public Schools says the district is violating state policy which bars mandatory special fees. &nbsp;<br><br>Gym clothes, combination locks, and student planners are all common purchases for back to school shoppers.<br><br>But the lawsuit, brought by parents of a sixth grader in Birmingham, says the district cannot require these annual purchases.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:43:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10596 at Birmingham Schools Face Lawsuit Over Fees Gun advocates protest teen's arrest in SE Michigan <p>A group wielding handguns and rifles is&nbsp; probably not something you&#39;d expect to see often in the upscale Detroit suburb of Birmingham, but following the recent gun-related arrest of an area teen, gun rights supporters decided to protest there by packing heat in public.</p><p>Sean Combs, 18, was arrested in April while strolling down Old Woodward Ave. with an M-1 rifle. Combs faces misdemeanor charges of brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace, but his supporters say he was within his rights to openly carry the weapon.</p><p>As <a href="">the Detroit News reports, </a>gun advocates gathered last night in Birmingham and packed a town commission meeting with their firearms on full display, even though the commission had no plans to discuss Combs&#39; case.</p><p>From the News:</p><blockquote><p>Gun enthusiasts and supporters of &quot;open carry&quot; flocked to the regularly scheduled meeting of the commission, which was not expected to take action or address the charges, to voice their opposition...</p><p>&quot;Why ruin the life of an 18-year-old man for the actions of an overzealous police officer?&quot; said John Roshek, president of the Citizens League for Self Defense, a group that works to educate people on their Second Amendment rights and open carry...</p><p>In April, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt acknowledged the constitutionality of Combs&#39; decision to carry his gun, but said &quot;this guy was creating a disturbance and he wouldn&#39;t cooperate.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Birmingham Mayor Mark Mickita said he appreciates public input, the News writes, but maintained that &quot;the issue has gone to the courts.&quot;</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:47:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7849 at Gun advocates protest teen's arrest in SE Michigan