Education

12:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

MI Charter Schools Want Peer Review

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State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan has threatened to revoke the ability of some universities and other organizations to authorize charter schools unless they improve student achievement and business transparency.
A group of Michigan's charter school authorizers wants to establish a peer-review accreditation process that could help the Michigan Department of Education determine if they are doing a good job. The commission would evaluate any authorizer that voluntary joins on nine criteria and give it one of three grades - accredited, accredited with conditions or not accredited.
7:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Benton Harbor Superintendent Says it's Time to Reinvent District

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Benton Harbor School District is seeking a consent agreement with the state to eliminate a budget deficit
BENTON HARBOR - Now that they've signed off on the idea, Benton Harbor school board members are ready for the nitty gritty details of working out a consent agreement with the state. The board on Monday unanimously endorsed a resolution to seek the agreement
6:16 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Demolition of Former Portage Schools Administration Building Complete

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District plans to covert property to green space
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - As the Portage Central High School marching band practiced on a recent early evening in the school's parking lot, the scene looked considerably different. Something was missing. It wasn't a tuba player or the band leader. The missing piece was next door at 8111 S. Westnedge Ave.
12:34 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Portage Teachers Upset About Pace of Contract Talks

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Portage Education Association says district finances have improved and teachers' pay should as well
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - With the start of school two weeks away, Portage teachers packed the Portage school board meeting Monday to express frustration over what they called stalled contract negotiations.
12:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Portage School Board Extends Superintendent's Contract by One Year

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Mark Bielang became Portage Superintendent in August of last year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang has been given a one-year contract extension that continues his service to the district into 2017. The Portage Board of Educated voted unanimously on the one-year extension of his three-year contract that began with his first day Aug. 5, 2013.

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