Detroit Free Press

2:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Bills Crack Down On Drunk Boating

If Governor Rick Snyders signs the bills into law, the legal blood alcohol level would be dropped from 0.10 percent to .08 percent—the current limit for driving. The bills would also make the third violation a felony charge.
Driving a boat, snowmobile or off-road vehicle while drunk just got a little more dangerous and costly Tuesday. The state Senate unanimously passed a package of bills that stiffen penalties and lower the blood alcohol content for people who are found to be intoxicated while driving their recreational vehicles and boats.
1:57 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

End To Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Approved By Federal Judge

The plan decreases the city’s debt by about 74 percent and allows the city to reinvest nearly $1.7 billion in public services and blight removal over the next ten years.
A federal judge today approved a plan to end Detroit's historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy, giving the Motor City an unprecedented shot at recovering from decades of economic despair and municipal mismanagement that left the city awash in debt and struggling to provide basic public services.
6:12 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Michigan Schools Unprepared For Online Testing Can Get Waivers

Michigan schools will be expected to conduct standardized tests online for the first time next spring.
School administrators will have to act quickly if they know their buildings won't be ready for the new wave of testing in Michigan. State standardized exams next spring will be given online for the first time in Michigan. And the goal of the Michigan Department of Education is to move as many schools as possible to online testing.
1:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Almost Half of All Michigan Schools Need Improvement Data Shows

That’s according to data from the Michigan School Accountability Scorecards, the system to keep tabs on schools under the federal No Child Left Behind act. See how Kalamazoo Schools fared here:
Nearly half of Michigan's schools are in need of improvement and only 50 schools statewide earned the highest accountability rating by the Michigan Department of Education, according to data released this morning.
7:07 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Michigan Schools Superintendent Plans Meetings on Charter School Accountability

Free Press series raised concerns over accountability of charter schools in state
State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan will meet with Michigan charter school authorizers and charter advocacy groups in two separate meetings this month as he shapes his plan to hold universities and other institutions accountable for the performance of the schools they authorize.