Thousands of school board members, administrators, teachers, and others are regularly receiving weekly e-mail updates on the latest education-related news stories and controversies from around the state and nation, thanks to a new service from Michigan Education Report.
The service, Michigan Education Digest (MED), was launched in August and is received free each Monday by thousands of Michigan educators, policy makers, and parents. Over 30,000 public school teachers received introductory issues. MED delivers concise summaries of all the week's breaking news stories, and subscribers can click on direct Internet links to instantly read full-length articles for themselves.
Recent editions have informed MED subscribers about school reform efforts and the Detroit teachers' strike, MEAP score improvements, the statewide Kids First! Yes! voucher ballot initiative, charter school performance, and developments in other states including the first district-wide merit pay program in Denver Public Schools.
Educators are praising the news service, saying that it helps them keep abreast of stories they might otherwise miss and allows them to make better decisions regarding improving students' education. "[MED] is an excellent report, and I do appreciate it," wrote the dean of one of Michigan's state universities.
Policy makers, parents, educators, and other interested parties wishing to receive Michigan Education Digest can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org .