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2:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Wi-Fi to be available on Amtrak rides

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The Michigan Department of Transportation is shelling out a million dollars to allow riders to surf the web. A spokesman for M-DOT says the cost will hopefully be offset by increased ridership and more revenue.
LANSING - Amtrak passengers will be able to catch up on email and surf the web while riding trains through Michigan starting next year. The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending about $1 million to install Wi-Fi by January. MDOT anticipates the service will lead to increased ridership and revenues that should more than offset the cost, said spokesman Nick Schirripa.
4:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Grant covers most of AP test fee for low-income students

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The U.S. Department of Education says this should cover all but a $10 co-pay for low-income students taking an Advanced Placement test.
LANSING -- Low-income students who want to take Advanced Placement tests will still have at least some of their fees paid for through the Michigan Department of Education, but federal budget cuts may require students to contribute. The state was awarded $497,000 in grant money through the Advanced Placement Test Fee program run by the U.S.
3:50 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Prisoners who get their GED less likely to re-offend, study says

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The study concludes that while providing education costs $1,400 per inmate, it saves the state roughly $1 million.
LANSING -- A new study of the effectiveness of prison education programs has revealed that prisoners who participate in studying while incarcerated have much lower odds of re-offending. The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, analyzed a number of research studies conducted on correctional education to determine if educational programs are effective in reducing crime and rehabilitating inmates.
3:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Bullying kids with disabilities in school violates ADA

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Federal education officials sent out a letter yesterday. It says bullying that prevents children with disabilities from getting a free public education violates the American with Disabilities Act.
LANSING -- Federal education officials issued a letter Tuesday clarifying the responsibility of schools to prevent bullying of students with disabilities, saying that attacks could violate the federal guarantee of a free appropriate public education if they interfere with educational benefits.
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Detroit, Grand Rapids get funds to tear down abandoned buildings

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Five Michigan cities in all are going to split $100 million of federal money to get rid of blight.
DETROIT, MI - Detroit will get the lion's share of $100 million in federal funds to remove blight in Michigan cities. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday morning Detroit will receive $52.3 million in federal money to fight blight. Four other Michigan cities will split $37.4 million to pay for projects to preserve property values and fight crime.

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