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4:32 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

In the wake of right-to-work, Detroit charter school teachers press for union

The Cesar Chavez Academy high school campus in Detroit
Credit via www.chavezwaterman.com

Teachers and staff at a Detroit charter school are pressing forward with an effort to unionize.

Teachers at the Cesar Chavez Academy have filed to hold an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. They hope that will happen early next year.

Cesar Chavez serves more than 2000 students on several campuses in southwest Detroit. If a majority of their members votes to unionize, they will be represented by the American Federation of Teachers in Michigan.

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Education
9:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The words of the holidays

That's What They Say interview for 12/23/12

This week on That’s What They Say, Anne Curzan, English professor of the University of Michigan and Weekend Edition host Rina Miller discuss the origins of holiday words.

Here are a few:  

Mistletoe used to be called “mistleton.” “Ton” meant “twig” in old English.

The “yule” in the word “yuletide” refers to Christmas or the months of December and January, and “tide” means “a period or extent of time.” Therefore, “yuletide” means the “time of Christmas.”

And the “nog” in egg nog refers to strong ale.

Curzan and Miller also discuss how to pronounce the word “poinsettia” and Curzan explains that Santa’s reindeer named vixen is actually names after a female fox or a sexy woman.

Education
3:58 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

UMTRI launches website for Parents of Teen Drivers

A website is launching just in time to help parents monitor and improve winter driving skills for teen drivers.

The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute is launching the site called  Safer Driving for Teens.

Jean Shope serves as an associate director of UMTRI and says parents find it's worthwhile.  “We do find that teens whose parents have used this program, and they’ve had an agreement, drive in a less risky manner…and in other studies certainly have less crashes.”

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools

Tweets from students help spread the rumors.
Elaine Ezekiel Michigan Radio

You might have heard how Genesee and Lapeer counties closed down all their schools today and tomorrow due to rumors spreading across Facebook, Twitter, and texts.

But how could a rumor close so many schools?

Below is a Storify narrative of how one text message prompted a social media wildfire in southeast Michigan.

You can click on any of the linked text or images to follow the story further.

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Education
5:12 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A "one-man Dream Act" for Michigan grad

Despite a severe genetic disorder, Victor Chukwueke graduated from Wayne State University with two degrees
www.victorshope.org

Maybe this will finally do something for Congress’ approval ratings. This week, lawmakers passed a rare, “one-man Dream Act” for a Nigerian student living in Michigan.

Victor Chukwueke (say “chew-KWEK-ay”) was born with a severe genetic disorder that causes facial tumors. Doctors in Nigeria told him there was nothing they could do for his life-threatening condition.

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Education
10:35 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Internet rumors close Genesee Co., Lapeer schools

A Maya mask... made before the days of social media.
Wolfgang Sauber Wikipedia

Schools in Genesee and Lapeer counties will be closed tomorrow and Friday, amid threats circulated on social media.

From the Genesee Co. Intermediate School District Web site:

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Education
1:33 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

'Student revolt' threat affecting schools in Genesee County

About a half dozen Genesee County school districts are dealing with a bizarre internet rumor of plans for an armed ‘student revolt’ this Friday.

Police are investigating the alleged revolt, in the wake of last week’s school massacre in Connecticut and the Mayan ‘end of the world’ prophecy.

Grand Blanc schools Superintendent Norm Abdella says messages have been swirling on social media sites that students were planning to bring weapons to schools in Genesee County on Friday.

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Education
10:36 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Flint names interim school superintendent

Larry Watkins, interim Flint school district superintendent
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A long-time district administrator has been picked to be the interim Flint schools superintendent.

Larry Watkins likes to say he’s worked for the Flint school district since he was 14, when he was a high school locker room attendant.  He retired from the district in August, after a long career as an administrator.

Last night, the school board hired him back, on an interim basis, to fill the void left by last month’s retirement of Flint’s former superintendent.

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Education
5:07 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Stateside: Grand Rapids restructures its districts to save money, improve education

The Grand Rapids School Board approved a district restructuring plan
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

On Monday, The Grand Rapids School Board unanimously approved a district restructuring plan. Recommended by Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, the plan aims to both improve student achievement and save money.

The “Transformation Plan” attempts to reinvent the school district by closing ten buildings, reopening one elementary and reforming other programs. The plan will save more than $22.4 million over five years, with at least half being re-invested in replicating and expanding effective school programs.

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Education
7:07 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Wayne State faculty ok possible strike

Wayne State University professors have authorized their union leaders to call a strike if they can’t otherwise reach an agreement with the school.

The faculty union and school administration have been mired in contentious contract negotiations for months.

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Education
12:33 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Back to school anxiety expected among some Michigan students today

A memorial for the victims at Sandy Hook elementary school.
frugal-cafe.com

Many Michigan school children may be feeling anxious about returning to school today in the wake of Friday’s school massacre. 

More than two dozen people died in the shooting spree at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

A school counseling expert says teachers and other staff will have to be ready to help students with their concerns about safety.

Shawn Bultsma is the former president of the Michigan School Counselors Association. He also teaches school counselors at Grand Valley State University.

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Education
10:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Fan-freaking-tastic

That's What They Say interview for 12/15/12

This week on That’s What They Say, Anne Curzan, English professor of the University of Michigan and Weekend Edition host Rina Miller discuss the moving ‘n’ and infixing words.  

The moving ‘n’ is usually found in words like “a whole nother.”

Curzan says “nother” is a lot older than some may think.

“You can find in English back in the 14th century in expressions like ‘no nother’ which would have meant ‘no other’,” Curzan says.

But “a whole nother” isn’t the only example of the moving ‘n’.

“For example an ‘apron’ used to be a ‘napron’,” Curzan says. “Napron is related to napkin. But if you say napron, you can reinterpret that as an napron, an apron.”

Curzan and Miller also discuss the idea of infixing with words like “fan-freaking-tastic” and “absa-freaking-lutely.”

Education
10:18 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Michigan's education overhaul: What does 'college-ready' really mean?

Pershing High School in Detroit was one of the 238 schools that had zero "college-ready" students based on the 2010 Michigan Merit Exam.
MI SHPO flickr

On Wednesday, we heard Gov. Rick Snyder's chief education advisor say this:

"We have over 230 schools where zero children were college-ready when they got their high school diplomas," Richard McLellan.

McLellan was talking to Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra who reported on proposed changes to Michigan’s education system.

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Education
6:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Protesters ask for in-state tuition rates for undocumented U-M students

Protesters sit with Duct Tape at U of M Regents Mtg
Chris Zollars

A campaign to grant in-state tuition rates for undocumented students at the University of Michigan is heating up.

About a hundred students wearing yellow shirts with red duct tape over their mouths staged a sit-in protest at U of M's Board of Regents meeting Thursday.

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Education
4:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

EAA schools miss out on Race to the Top award

user BES Photos Flickr

Michigan's new statewide district for low-performing schools was not a winner in a national competition to share a $400 million prize. 

The  Education Achievement Authority was launched just this year in an effort to turn around 15 of the state's lowest-performing schools -- all of them in Detroit.  

So it came as a surprise to Sandra York when the EAA was named a finalist in the federal government's  Race to the Top competition.

York is executive director of the Michigan PTA.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

UM's social media director busted by social media, resigns

Former UofM Social Media Director, Jordan Miller. She resigned yesterday amid complaints that she falsified her application.
Jordan Miller Facebook

Update 12:03 p.m.

The anonymous Reddit user who posted the information was Jordan Miller's ex-husband, Dan. You can read the entire, sad story on the original Reddit post here.

Tuesday, December 12, 4:36 p.m.

The University of Michigan's social media director, Jordan Miller, resigned yesterday.

That news came three days after an anonymous user on the social media information site Reddit posted allegations that she had lied about her credentials while applying for the position.

From the Reddit post "UM Social Media Director Jordan Miller lies on resume about bachelors degree, keeps job":

I don't like seeing my tax and your tuition money going toward paying someone ~ $100k/yr in earnings obtained through fraud, so I'm posting a little FOIA dump you all may be interested in.

The University's choice to hire Miller as their first social media director made headlines early this year when she was selected from dozens of applicants.  AnnArbor.com reported that the position came with a $90,000 to $100,000 salary.

The anonymous Reddit user posted a link to documents they said they had received from the University in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Education
10:15 am
Wed December 12, 2012

New proposal to change Michigan's education system

jdurham mourgeFile

Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity has been asking educators, non-profit leaders, and parents this question: Do kids in Michigan have what it takes to get ahead?

So far the answer has been pretty clear: Michigan children from low-income families face an uphill battle when it comes to being competitive on a national level. But many of our interviewees have also agreed that good education has the possibility to dramatically improve a child's future success.

That's the main reason why State of Opportunity is so interested in early education programs. Just last week Jennifer Guerra spoke with Larry Schweinhart, president of the HighScope Foundation, who gave listeners the four ingredients of a high-quality pre-K program.

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Education
6:28 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Former NFL players to attend new UM business school program

Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor
User Kafuffle Wikimedia Commons

The University of Michigan will receive some unusual applicants next year.

Several dozen current and former National Football League players are expected to apply to the Ross Business School to learn how to open franchise businesses.

Dubbed the "NFL Franchising Boot Camp," the program will educate 30 of these athletes from across the country about the ins and outs of running a food, hotel or fitness chain.

During the four-day program this April, former professional football players will stay on the Ann Arbor campus and attend workshops with the school's faculty and business owners.

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Education
5:03 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

EMU settles Case with Former Student

Julea Ward, Former EMU student
(courtesy of the Alliance Defense Fund)

Eastern Michigan University will pay $75,000 to settle a case with a former student who was expelled from a master’s program four years ago. 

The student was unwilling to work with patients whose beliefs went against her religious values.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Filling a void in Detroit with music education

Userl @Doug88888 flickr

Ben's Encore interview

This week on Seeking Change, Christina Shockley talks with Kenny Hemler of Ben's Encore. It's an organization that aims to give kids in the Detroit area the tools they need to continue the Motor City's rich musical heritage.

It was created after the death of Ben Borowiak. Hemler talks about how the organization has impacted the Detroit area and about the life of Borowiak.

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