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Report: Solutions to dropout crisis must be coordinated with outside agencies

Research shows that most risk factors influencing student dropout rates are centered outside of school, making it critical for schools to coordinate with service agencies to solve the dropout crisis, according to a new policy brief released by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Mich. education leaders react to Newtown tragedy

By now, we’ve all heard about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. We’ve watched the images on television of a community grieving. We’ve read the stories of the teachers who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of students. We’ve listened to pundits argue over causes and solutions. Among it all, we’ve hugged our children a little longer and a little harder, and we’ve shed more than a few tears.

It’s hard to make sense of what happened that day, when a deranged gunman shot 20 first-graders to death, along with four teachers, the principal, the school psychologist, his mother and himself. What we do know is the heroic actions of school employees saved countless lives — in some cases, at the expense of their own.

House passes right-to-work bills; protests in Lansing continue

The state House of Representatives rushed through legislation today making Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state as more than 10,000 middle-class workers protested outside the Capitol and the governor’s office.

Report cautions against education policies that undermine local control

As Michigan policymakers debate shifting control of schools away from local communities and into the hands of state bureaucrats, a recently released national report shows how over-centralization can hurt students and communities.

Review finds new student survey report not based on sound research

A new review has found student surveys of their teachers can be a useful tool, but a report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that recommends their broader use doesn't provide any methodological or empirical data to back that up.

Enrollment open for E-Dues

The Legislature passed Public Act 53 in March to end the payroll deduction of dues by school districts, which critics say was a cynical move designed to weaken the MEA’s ability to advocate for its members' wages, benefits and working conditions.

PTA responds to 'below the belt' attack by Proposal 2 opponents

The Michigan PTA is slamming back against accusations that it violated its tax-exempt status when it endorsed Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining and the voices of working families.

Some schools object to 'Focus School' label

Being labeled a "Focus School by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is causing pushback from some schools. They claim they're being unfairly labeled as bad and are being forced to spend unnecessary money.

StudentsFirst back with money to defeat Proposal 2

It's been clear throughout this election that shadowy, special interest groups with lots of money have been bankrolling various state candidate elections and ballot proposals. One of those shadowy groups is one we're familiar with in Michigan--StudentsFirst--which donated $500,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposal 2.

MDE considering redefining 'proficient' on standardized tests

With MEAP testing winding down, the Michigan Department of Education is considering giving a break to schools that succeed in helping poor-performing students improve academically by redefining proficiency on state standardized tests.

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