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2015 Michigan Notable Books showcases Michigan writers, places

The Library of Michigan (LM) released its 2015 Notable Book List which celebrates Michigan people, places and events.

More schools added to list of schools facing financial deficit

The number of public schools and charters that are facing a financial deficit has risen to 55-up from 48 schools last year. On that list are schools that started the 2013-14 school year solvent, but after facing money problems during the year, are now part of the new list of deficit schools. The Education Achievement Authority is one of those schools newly added.

Students taking longer than four years to get their college degrees

Too much time and too little money keep most college students from earning a degree in four years according to Complete College America’s report, “4-year degrees now a myth in American higher education.” 

MDE continues to deal with EAA special education complaints

The State Board of Education (MDE) continues to field concerns over how it handles special education complaints. Issues have been raised about MDE's responsiveness and effectiveness in dealing with concerns, especially those regarding special education at the Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

Court of Appeals rules the state doesn't have to make sure students can read

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the state has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to struggling students in Highland Park schools. The court said Michigan has no constitutional requirement to make sure students learn reading skills. It is obligated, however, to establish and finance a public education system.

Charters at risk of suspension still need to address academic performance

Eleven Michigan charter schools met the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) deadline for fixing administrative issues like posting documents on their websites, but they could still face suspension this month over academic performance. State Superintendent Flanagan plans to meet with the authorizers of those 11 schools before deciding whether authorizers would be barred from opening any new charter schools until all issues are addressed.

CCSS Cadre available to train MEA members

The MEA Common Core Leadership and Advocacy Cadre is prepared to present five training sessions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to Coordinating Councils, individual school staff, school board meetings, or staff on professional development days. All of the trainings are free of charge for MEA members.

Know what the law says about teacher evaluations for the 2014-15 school year

PA 257 (SB 817) amended the School Code to delay the implementation of teacher and school administrator performance evaluation requirements until the 2015-16 school year.

 

You can help make Amanda's vision for her students come true

Amanda Erspamer-Berry, an MEA member and teacher in Marquette's Alternative High School, is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." The grant is challenging educators from across the country to submit innovative proposals that would help students. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes they receive. Your vote can help make Amanda's vision become a reality for her students.

Loss of driver’s education in schools blamed for more teen accidents

More serious car accidents blamed on fewer students taking driver’s education

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