SW Michigan

3:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3rd Graders scoring low on reading could be held back

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If a state House bill passes, third graders who score low on the reading portion of the MEAP would have to repeat the third grade.
If the bill were in place this year, it would mean as many as 36,662 children would have to repeat the third-grade because they scored at the bottom two levels of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam in fall 2012. If it passes the Legislature, the mandate would take effect for the 2014-15 school year.
7:08 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Amash, Conyers again work to limit surveillance

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Current legislation believed to have better chance of passing
WASHINGTON - After narrowly losing an effort to rein in U.S. spying activities, two Michigan congressmen from opposite ends of the political spectrum are back as backers of a measure with an even better chance of passage.
6:46 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Michigan lawmakers could let yard waste go to landfills

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Critics worry it could hinder state's recycling efforts
Michigans two-decade-old law preventing landfills from taking yard waste is under review this week the latest attempt to roll back a policy designed to maximize dump space and increase composting. The state Senates Energy and Technology Committee heard testimony Tuesday on 1994 legislation that barred grass, twigs and leaves from being dumped in landfills along with regular household waste.
6:42 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WMU men's basketball picked to finish second in MAC West

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Broncos won MAC West last season, finished with 22-13 record
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Western Michigan University men's basketball team was picked by media members to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division this season. The conference preseason polls, released Tuesday, saw the Broncos pick up 108 votes in the division. Toledo was picked to win the division and received 149 votes.
6:24 am
Wed October 30, 2013

State agrees to changes that allow spending on Common Core standards

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Standards have been controversial with conservative groups
LANSING - Without discussion, debate or a roll-call vote, the Michigan House of Representatives agreed today to changes made in legislation allowing the state's Department of Education to begin spending money on implementing Common Core standards. Common Core standards are a national set of expectations of what students need to know in order to be career- and college-ready when they leave high school.