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48 school districts end the year with a budget deficit

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) identified 48 Michigan school districts and charters operating with a budget deficit. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released the names of those districts in his quarterly report to the Legislature on the financial health of the state’s public schools.

Supreme Court will be ruling on MPSERS contribution

Michigan’s Supreme Court will be deciding on whether the changes made to PA 300 in 2012 were legal. The lawsuit challenges changes by the Michigan legislature to pension contribution rates, retiree healthcare contributions, the multiplier “sanction” for those opting out of the higher contribution rates, and the mechanism for refunding the contributions to individuals who opted into retiree healthcare but ultimately failed to qualify for the benefits. 

MEA President Steve Cook: ‘We’ve taken a large step backward in school funding.’

The State Board of Education (SBE) today heard MEA President Steve Cook tell them that Michigan is no longer a national leader when it comes to education systems because of its failure to adequately fund public education.

21 trends to watch for their impact on education

What’s driving the changes in education? What are the trends we should be watching?
“Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and into the Future” may have the answers. Written by futurist Gary Marx, the book also provides real strategies to develop the leaders needed to manage these trends.

New guide shows how school boards can help students and families

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is a partner in the release of released a report called“Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success” which highlights specific models of how school boards can better support students.

How should we show our appreciation to school employees?

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-11 when teachers and all school employees are recognized for their contributions to public education. Last week, we asked for your suggestions on how best students, parents, the community and the media can show their appreciation for all that you do.

Support for bilingual classrooms available at MABE Institute

The 2014 Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) Institute will be held May 8-9 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn. This year’s Institute, “Literacy and Language in Action!” will explore bilingual education with programs and solutions geared to fit every classroom.

Support for bilingual classrooms available at MABE Institute

The 2014 Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) Institute will be held May 8-9 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn. This year’s Institute, “Literacy and Language in Action!” will explore bilingual education with programs and solutions geared to fit every classroom.

They do the job for the love of it

In his March 30 entry, “Great teachers have a great impact,” Dale Hansen, political blogger for the Detroit News, recognizes the impact great teachers have on everyone’s lives—from students, to colleagues, and to the community as a whole.

State Board wants schools to reduce number of suspensions, expulsions

The State Board of Education (SBE) wants schools districts to review their zero tolerance policies on suspensions and expulsions in an effort to reduce the number of times they are used to discipline students for minor problems.

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