Education

7:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Layoff Notices Sent for Grand Rapids Public Schools

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The district's human resources director says some workers may be called back if enrollment numbers increase
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Another year of projected enrollment declines has the Grand Rapids Public Schools sending layoff notices to some 90 staffers this week as the district projects losing another 400 students this coming fall.
6:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kids Count Report Finds Michigan in Bottom Half of Nation for Child Well Being

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Michigan was 32nd overall in 2014 report, down one spot from 2013
LANSING -- Michigan is improving slightly for major factors in child well-being, but still lags far behind the majority of states, according to the 25th annual "Kids Count" report. The report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed that while preschool attendance rates, teen birth rates and child poverty all improved from last year's report, the state remains mired behind its neighbors.
2:35 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Portage School Admin Building Demolition Halted

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District officials say demolition is expected to resume July 28th.
PORTAGE, MI - Demolition of the former Portage Public Schools Administration Building has been delayed after unexpected asbestos was discovered and had to be removed. Superintendent Mark Bielang and Ron Herron, assistant superintendent of operations, said the demolition was shut down and the asbestos removal company came back to remove the hazardous fire-retardant material that was found behind metal window panels.
7:32 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Michigan Looking to Replace MEAP Test

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State lawmakers nixed plans to use computer-adaptive test called Smarter Balanced
Lansing State education officials are feverishly working to develop a new statewide assessment with less than eight months to go until the start of high-stakes testing for Michigans K-12 students. The new test, which is replacing the MEAP (the Michigan Education Assessment Program), marks the first time student performance on statewide tests will be part of teacher evaluations in Michigan, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
7:32 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Michigan Looking to Replace MEAP Test

Lead in text: 
State lawmakers nixed plans to use computer-adaptive test called Smarter Balanced
Lansing State education officials are feverishly working to develop a new statewide assessment with less than eight months to go until the start of high-stakes testing for Michigans K-12 students. The new test, which is replacing the MEAP (the Michigan Education Assessment Program), marks the first time student performance on statewide tests will be part of teacher evaluations in Michigan, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

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