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NEA President uses blog to tell about her Flint experience

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

U of M researching new reading comprehension system

Interest in a reading comprehension system developed by a Flushing parent has drawn the interest of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) was created more than 10 years ago by Nora Chahbazi to help her daughter struggling with reading comprehension in second grade.

New school safety initiative now in place

OK2Say, the new student safety reporting system, was rolled out this month across the state. The new program will give students and adults a confidential way to report threats of violence in schools.  

Schools falling victim to scam involving CCSS and fraudulent book orders

Schools across the country, including Michigan, are falling victim to a scam by a Las Vegas company sending phony invoices to schools for workbooks they never ordered. The company is called Scholastic School Supply, similar to Scholastic, Inc., which is a well-known publisher for educational books, magazines and other materials. Michigan is one of 22 states that have received the phony invoices.

Michigan Youth Arts offering grants for school art supplies and equipment

Grants of up to $2,500 for arts-related equipment or supplies to be used in schools are available through Michigan Youth Arts with assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). "Art Equipment & Supplies Grant" applies to performing arts subjects like instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, special education and more.

California teacher unions appeal tenure decision

The California's Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) have appealed the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision to strip state educators of their tenure rights. The action by the teacher unions follows a similar appeal by the State of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown

Low-performing schools getting money to boost student achievement

Nineteen low-performing schools in the state will share $114 million in federal funding to improve student achievement over the next three years. The money will come in the form of School Improvement Grants (SIG) given to Priority Schools in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s Top-to-Bottom ranking.

State granted NCLB waiver extension for new school year

Michigan won a renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2014-15 school year. Without the waiver, schools would have to follow NCLB standards that require 100 percent of students proficient in math and language arts.

New book on teacher preparation features the Michigan approach

Schools across the state will be starting a new school year in less than a month, but there’s been no further legislative action on the adoption of a statewide teacher and administrator evaluation system. And the MEAP will still be used this school year since no new statewide student assessment has been chosen that will measure student growth—a measurement that will impact teacher and administrator evaluations.

MDE announces new income guidelines for free and reduced-school meals

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

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