SW Michigan

3:12 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Is No Child Left Behind working? Education reform groups want to know

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StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education asking for test scores and graduation rates from No Child Left Behind states across the country. Michigan and several other states are due to renew waivers that bypass some of the requirements of the act.
LANSING -- With Michigan and other states approaching the end of their waivers from federal No Child Left Behind requirements, a coalition of several education reform groups is asking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to require states to prove their efforts are working.
12:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State Senate passes bills restricting Bridge Card use

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State House is considering its own version of the legislation
The state Senate passed a package of six bills Tuesday that would restrict where people receiving public benefits can withdraw cash from ATMS using their Bridge cards. The bills cleared the Senate by six votes, 35-3, with Detroit Democratic Sens. Morris Hood, Virgil Smith and Coleman Young Jr. opposing.
12:46 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State regulators back new rules on fracking

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Department of Environmental Quality officials acknowledge environmental groups' concerns
Lansing - Michigan's environmental regulators are rolling out new rules to ease growing concerns about the use of high-volume hydraulic fracturing to harvest natural gas. Two key changes will result in stronger emphasis on disclosing the chemicals used in the process, known as fracking, and protecting against damage to waterways and nearby wells.
7:02 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Snyder to shut down NERD fund

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Questions remain over who donated to fund
LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder announced Monday he will close his NERD Fund, but controversy continued over his refusal to identify who gave more than $1.6 million to the nonprofit he formed after taking office in 2011. And the identity of the donors and other disclosure issues could continue to dog Snyder in the coming days and weeks.
6:52 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commissioners endorse countywide public transit plan

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Target date of October 15, 2015 for regionalized public transit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a transition plan to move public transit from a city-operated system, to a countywide system. The city and county have worked for several years on developing the countywide system.