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National Opportunity to Learn Campaign comes to Lansing Nov. 15

Mark your calendars for Tues., Nov. 15 when the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign (OTL) will be at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing to discuss the basic principles required to provide meaningful education to all of Michigan’s children. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. You can RSVP at www.middlecities.org .

MDE moving ahead with expanded online learning options

While legislators debate removing all the caps and controls on cyber schools (SB 619), the Michigan Department of Education is moving ahead by setting guidelines that will allow middle school students to take all classes online and give school districts the opportunity to open more virtual charter schools.

Report shows budget cuts devastating schools

It’s not too much of a surprise that deep budget cuts are having a huge negative impact on direct services to students and families

Judge issues injunction, but still weighing merits of Scott's case

Until Ingham Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady can decide on the merits of Rep. Paul Scott’s challenge to his recall, Canady issued a preliminary injunction order today.

MDE can’t agree on charter school recommendations for Legislature

The Legislature won’t be getting advice any time soon from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) regarding expanding charter schools and other elements of the so-called education reform package (SB 618-624).

NEA Foundation Grants available

The NEA Foundation has introduced a web-based application process for grants to support public school educator's ideas to improve teaching and learning.

'Right to Work FOR LESS' introduced; only MEA affected

A “Right to Work FOR LESS” bill was introduced in the Senate today—but the proposed legislation only applies school employees represented by unions of more than 50,000 members. In practice, this applies only to MEA.

Senate vote ends lifetime lawmaker retiree health care benefits

A 37-1 Senate vote today ended retiree health care for lawmakers not vested in the plan by 2013.

Public schools lose too when online students fail

An investigative report on Colorado virtual schools shows that Colorado taxpayers will spend $100 million this year on online schools going to K-12 online students who are no longer participating in the program.

Contact your state Senators now to oppose SB 618

Senate Bill 618, which eliminates the cap on charter schools and allows for the outsourcing of teachers, was reported out of the Senate Education Committee and is now headed to the floor of the full Senate for a vote -- perhaps as early as next week.

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