6:20 am
Tue July 29, 2014

State Superintendent Promises to Hold Charter School Authorizers Accountable

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Mike Flanagan is working on a plan to monitor oversight of charter schools
The MDE framework will initially focus on charter contracts, transparency, academic performance, school finances and the way MDE assesses authorizers, according to Malverne Winborne, who oversees the charter office at Eastern Michigan University.
6:18 am
Mon July 28, 2014

State Superintendent to Meet With Charter School Authorizers Monday

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Mike Flanagan says he plans to use power to stop authorization of new charters if performance is not up to standard
State schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan will host representatives from Michigan's charter school authorizers today. The meeting is the first of two this week as Flanagan shapes his plan to hold universities and other authorizers accountable for the performance of the schools they approve. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m.
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.