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Roscommon teachers leave Michigan Education Association

"Teachers at Roscommon Area Public Schools voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin to leave the Michigan Education Association ..." more

DPS teachers awarded bonuses

"Detroit Public Schools teachers will receive a bonus as part of a court settlement with Emergency Manager Roy Roberts ..." more

Detroit high school students to try virtual learning

"Detroit-area students at high schools run by the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan will have the opportunity to take virtual courses ..." more

Chicago strike sparks discussion about teacher evaluations

"The ongoing Chicago Teachers Union strike, in part due to controversy about how teachers are evaluated ..." more

College stats in for Kalamazoo Promise’s first class

"Kalamazoo Promise officials have released the latest data showing how the Kalamazoo Public Schools’ class of 2006 is doing ..." more

Sweeping collective bargaining proposal on November ballot

"The state Supreme Court has ruled that a sweeping ballot proposal to expand public employee bargaining power will be on the November ballot ..." more

Teacher pension reform law signed

"Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law reforming school employee pension costs ..." more

Teacher pension reform law signed

"Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law reforming school employee pension costs ..." more

Highland Park student plaintiffs return to school

"Eight students who are suing the Highland Park School District for failing to teach them to read at an appropriate level are returning to school ..." more

Number of Michigan charter public schools continues to grow

"This school year, 31 new public charter schools have opened in Michigan ..." more

Some Flint students begin year without class assignments

"In the wake of merging middle and high schools, some Flint School District students were not provided class assignments ..." more

School tax rates in Kalamazoo County go up without a vote

"School taxes are set to increase in Kalamazoo County, even though residents did not vote on the matter ..." more

Oxford district’s AstroTurf could cost some their homes

"Oxford Public Schools has until Sept. 1 to come up with $300,000 to pay for its new football field turf ..." more

Whitehall saves by switching to high-deductible health plan

"The Whitehall teachers union and the Whitehall school board have agreed upon a new contract ..." more

Michigan districts start testing teacher evaluation methods

"Fourteen school districts are testing different teacher evaluation models for statewide consideration ..." more

Audit alleges Genesee district administrator misspent funds

"The Genesee Intermediate School District has fired a top-level administrator, and a state education department employee has been placed on leave ..." more

Most tax increases pass, increases for schools least popular

"About 90 percent of millages proposed statewide this summer passed ..." more

Appeals court rules against deduction for teacher health costs

"A Michigan appeals court has ruled that a 3 percent deduction from school employees put in place to help pay for health care costs is illegal ..." more

Blended learning school to open in Detroit this fall

"Cornerstone Charter Schools will open a new blended learning high school in Detroit this fall ..." more

DPS shakeups continue, split power between board and manager

"Power struggles in Detroit Public Schools continue after a judge ruled that the DPS board has power over academic issues, while the state-appointed emergency financial manager has power over the budget ..." more

Madison Heights district settles with teachers union

"... the Madison Heights Education Association and school district have reached a contract settlement that will result in more money for teachers." more

Legislature passes school pension reform

"Michigan legislators have passed school pension reform that is estimated to save taxpayers about $970 million during the next two years ..." more

Attorney General: ‘Protect Our Jobs’ should be kept off ballot

"Attorney General Bill Schuette has serious concerns about a proposed amendment that would prevent state and local government, including public schools, from passing almost any law to limit public sector union collective bargaining ..." more

Michigan Department of Education releases school grades

"The Michigan Department of Education released its revised grades of Michigan school districts ..." more

New charter public school focused on entrepreneurial education

"A new charter public school opening this fall will focus on entrepreneurship and mathematics ..." more

Is the National Education Association facing a pension crisis?

"... the National Education Association may be facing pension payout obligations of nearly $700 million." more

Dearborn district must provide transportation to better schools

"Schools with large achievement gaps are now required to set aside transportation funding to send students to schools with smaller gaps ..." more

AFT wants to end to ‘high-stakes testing,’ increase taxes

"At its annual meeting in Detroit, the American Federation of Teachers called for an end to what it calls “high-stakes testing" ..." more

Teachers unions give $1 million to 'Protect Our Jobs' initiative

"The effort to limit legislative oversight of public-sector bargaining has received large financial support from labor and teacher unions ..." more

Should U.S. math curriculum and standards be revised?

"Commentary published in The New York Times proposes taking a closer look at how math is taught in U.S. schools." more

Michigan’s teaching population aging

"Michigan teachers are staying in their jobs longer, leaving fewer jobs for new teachers ..." more

Ann Arbor district balks at written superintendent evaluation

"Though Michigan law requires school districts to conduct written evaluations of employees ..." more

Legislature fails to pass school pension reform

"The Michigan Legislature has failed to pass pension reform for the state’s public school teachers ..." more

Michigan granted NCLB waiver

"The U.S. Department of Education has granted Michigan a waiver from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind act ..." more

Detroit targets vacant buildings near schools for demolition

"State money from a mortgage settlement fund could be used to demolish abandoned buildings near public schools ..." more

MSU study: Americans support local control of school districts

"An analysis of 40 years of public surveys found that Americans support local school board control ..." more

Work group begins updating education finance laws

"A working group charged with updating the Michigan School Finance Act met last week ..." more

Charterized school system contract details posted

"The management agreement between the Muskegon Heights School Board and a charter public school operator has been made available ..." more

Muskegon ISD school board supports emergency manager’s reforms

"The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District is ready to implement the emergency manager’s reforms in Muskegon Heights, even if the state’s emergency manager law is struck down ..." more

Canada offers international school choice to Michigan students

"Canada is offering Michigan high school students the opportunity to attend five of its best schools in Windsor ..." more

DPS union president says union won’t honor new contract

"Detroit Public Schools has published its new teachers union contract ..." more

Achievement gap grows for Michigan high school students

"An analysis of statewide Michigan Merit Exam scores found that the achievement gap between black and white students has grown during the past five years in all subjects except social studies ..." more

National Education Association director criticizes Gov. Snyder

"At the National Education Association’s annual meeting, the NEA executive director criticized the governors of Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin for failing to embrace organized labor ..." more

DPS chief implements new contract

"The emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools implemented a new contract for teachers Sunday ..." more

Manchester looking for alternatives to MESSA

"Manchester Community Schools recently approved a new agreement with its teachers union to limit health insurance costs and will seek a new provider ..." more

Battle Creek could privatize busing

"Battle Creek Public Schools is seeking bids from private competitors for its transportation needs ..." more

Michigan denied NCLB waiver

"Five states were granted waivers last week from the federal No Child Left Behind act, but Michigan was not one of them ..." more

State sets new list of ‘best practices’

"Michigan public schools must compete seven of eight new “best practices” to receive an additional $52 per student ..." more

llegal teacher strike possible in Detroit

"Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Federation of Teachers are just beginning to negotiate a new contract for the one that expires June 30 ..." more

Hudson cuts teacher pay 6 percent

"The Hudson school board has implemented a 6 percent pay reduction for teachers as contract negotiations there continue ..." more

Galesburg-August considers privatization to save money

"Galesburg-Augusta schools could move forward with a plan to privatize custodial and janitorial services unless the unions representing those employees can come up with $180,000 in concessions by the end of June ..." more

Highland Park could charterize district

"The emergency manager appointed to Highland Park schools wants to turn operation of the district over to a charter management company to keep it open ..." more

Mount Pleasant alternative school could go online

"Mount Pleasant Public Schools could convert its alternative high school into an online-only program in order to balance its 2013 budget ..." more

Black charter school students top host district counterparts

"Black students in charter public schools outperformed their counterparts in conventional school districts and statewide on the 2011 MEAP test ..." more

DPS to lose $4 million due to low attendance

"Detroit Public Schools will have to repay the state $4.2 million after attendance fell below 75 percent on several target dates during the 2010-2011 school year ..." more

DeWitt to sell timber to help solve overspending crisis

"DeWitt Public Schools plans to make about $43,000 by selling timber located on school property, including some trees that could be 200 years old ..." more

Lear gives $1.5 million to Detroit tutoring program

"Juniors and seniors at the East English Village Preparatory Academy will be paid to help tutor middle schools students as part of a $1.5 million grant Lear Corp. is giving Detroit Public Schools ..." more

Senate opts not to vote on school pension reform bill

"The Michigan Legislature recessed for a month without passing a controversial school employee pension reform bill ..." more

Governor backs $4 million teacher evaluation pilot program

"Gov. Rick Snyder said he supports a year-long pilot program to study teacher evaluation processes in 12 school districts statewide, but wants to cap the cost at $4 million ..." more

Detroit teachers union threatens lawsuit over hiring practices

"The Detroit Federation of Teachers says it might sue Detroit Public Schools over the evaluation and hiring process of teachers for the 2012-2013 school year ..." more

Unemployment fraud uncovered at Detroit Public Schools

"More than 30 current and former Detroit Public Schools employees have been identified in an alleged unemployment fraud scheme ..." more

Zeeland superintendent suspended for plagiarism

"Zeeland Public Schools Superintendent Dave Barry has been suspended for two weeks without pay after admitting to plagiarism ..." more

Muskegon Heights could become charter district

"A change in state law could help the financially troubled Muskegon Heights Public Schools “charterize” its entire district ..." more

Governor backs $4 million teacher evaluation pilot program

"Gov. Rick Snyder said he supports a year-long pilot program to study teacher evaluation processes in 12 school districts statewide, but wants to cap the cost at $4 million ..." more

Detroit teachers union threatens lawsuit over hiring practices

"The Detroit Federation of Teachers says it might sue Detroit Public Schools over the evaluation and hiring process of teachers for the 2012-2013 school year ..." more

Unemployment fraud uncovered at Detroit Public Schools

"More than 30 current and former Detroit Public Schools employees have been identified in an alleged unemployment fraud scheme ..." more

Zeeland superintendent suspended for plagiarism

"Zeeland Public Schools Superintendent Dave Barry has been suspended for two weeks without pay after admitting to plagiarism ..." more

Muskegon Heights could become charter district

"A change in state law could help the financially troubled Muskegon Heights Public Schools “charterize” its entire district ..." more

Goodrich refuses to outsource, cuts 17 teachers

"Goodrich Area Schools will lay off 17 teachers and increase class sizes after refusing to outsource noninstructional services ..." more

Bill would require teachers unions to pay for union work

"Taxpayers would no longer have to foot the bill for teachers union bosses who spend all or part of their day on union business instead of teaching ..." more

School leaders scared of competition from online charters

"Administrators of conventional school districts are worried about the competition they’ll face from online charter public schools ..." more

Senate bill would change kindergarten cutoff

"Proposed legislation that would require children be 5 years of age by Sept. 1 before entering in kindergarten would bring Michigan more in line with the rest of the country ..." more

Flexible charter public school increases test scores

"WayPoint Academy, a charter public school, increased test scores and will avoid closure after increasing the length of the school day and adding Saturday classes ..." more

Tecumseh schools spending tax dollars on tourism campaign

"Tecumseh Public Schools will spend tax dollars intended to educate students on a tourism campaign through the state’s Pure Michigan advertising program ..." more

Muskegon Heights emergency manager says no consolidation

"The new emergency manager for Muskegon Heights Public Schools said the district cannot merge with another due to its long-term overspending crisis..." more

Senate passes school employee pension reform

"Teachers and other school employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, would begin to pay a fair share of their own retirement benefits under legislation that recently passed the Michigan Senate ..." more

State to rate school performance using colors

"The Michigan Department of Education is proposing using a color-coded system to indicate school achievement levels as part of the waiver it is requesting from the federal No Child Left Behind Act ..." more

Utica schools to save millions with private custodians

"Utica Community Schools expects to save $2.2 million a year after the board of education voted to contract with a private firm to provide custodial services ..." more

DFT: Ignore district interview procedures

"Teachers in the Detroit Public Schools who want to maintain employment there are going through interviews to keep their jobs ..." more

Gov. Snyder clarifies, vows to enforce higher cyber charter cap

"Gov. Rick Snyder and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan issued a joint press release making it clear that they will enforce a higher cap on cyber charter public schools ..." more

Ypsilanti school board approves deficit-elimination plan

"The Ypsilanti School Board approved a deficit-elimination plan the night before it was due to the Michigan Department of Education ..." more

International Academy named 5th best high school in country

"U.S. News and World Report has released its “Best High Schools” list for 2012 and International Academy placed fifth in the nation ..." more

Grand Rapids expects enrollment to decline by 400 to 600

"An increase in parental choice could mean 400 to 600 students assigned to Grand Rapids Public Schools will instead be attending a school chosen by their parents next year ..." more

Van Buren public schools raises athletic GPA requirement to 2.0

"The Van Buren Board of Education has voted to raise the minimum GPA required to participate in interscholastic sports to 2.0 ..." more

Bill raising cyber charter cap moves to senate

"A bill raising the arbitrary cap on the number of cyber charter public schools allowed in Michigan narrowly passed the state House and has cleared the state Senate ..." more

Grand Rapids charter school to focus on fine, performing arts

"Officials at Lake Superior State University are expected to authorize a new charter public school in Grand Rapids focusing on the fine and performing arts ..." more

MEA PAC is fourth biggest political fundraiser in 2012

"A recent report on money in state politics found the Michigan Education Association to be among the leading PACs for fundraising in 2012 ..." more

Former Pontiac administrator accused of spending $300K

"An Inkster school administrator has been accused of going on a “shopping spree” at district expense while working as an assistant superintendent for Pontiac Schools ..." more

Preliminary financial review for Pontiac schools

"State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan has informed Pontiac Schools it will undergo a preliminary financial review ..." more

Madison teachers threaten lawsuit over retroactive pay cuts

"Teachers in Madison District Public Schools say a 10 percent pay cut the board of education applied retroactively to the start of the school year is illegal ..." more

Flint-area teachers ‘flip’ their classrooms

"Two Flint-area teachers have flipped their classroom and are trying to help their coworkers do the same ..." more

Two Michigan schools on federal ‘Green Ribbon Schools’ list

"Two Michigan schools are among 78 nationwide named to the first-ever Green Ribbon Schools list ..." more

Flint charter public school to lose authorization

"Central Michigan University has decided not to renew Center Academy of Flint’s authorization for next year ..." more

Trenton schools now accepting schools of choice students

"The Trenton Board of Education has voted to accept applications for schools of choice students ..." more

State Supreme Court lets DPS emergency manager stay

"In a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a lower-court decision that upheld the appointment of Roy Roberts as Detroit Public Schools emergency manager ..." more

Some Michigan teachers could receive $1,600 bonuses

"Teachers at 28 Michigan schools could be seeing bonuses worth up to $1,600 this year ..." more

Adrian teachers reject contract proposed by mediator

"Adrian teachers have rejected their latest contract offer ..." more

4,100 DPS teachers get layoff slips

"Detroit Public Schools has sent layoff notices to the district’s entire teaching staff ..." more

Fowlerville considers privatization to avoid budget deficit

"Fowlerville Community Schools expects to see its budget deficit grow to $2.6 million next year ..." more

Financial emergency declared in Muskegon Heights

"Gov. Rick Snyder has accepted the recommendation of the Muskegon Heights review team and declared the district to be in a financial emergency ..." more