6:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Report calls for basing teacher evaluations on trained observers, test scores

Report for Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers is part of changes to Michigan's teacher tenure law
A teacher's classroom practice, as well how much students learn during the year, would be the main components of a new teacher evaluation system being proposed for Michigan. The recommendation for the system came Wednesdaywhen the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness submitted its report to Gov.
7:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Galesburg-Augusta names interim superintendent

Al Lentz was one of four candidates under consideration
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GALESBURG, MI -- Saying they want to keep their options open for the long term, trustees for Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools voted Monday to hire Al Lentz as their interim superintendent. "This is truly an honor for me," said Lentz, 59, who has headed Galesburg's special education and student services and this past year worked for the district as a grant writer and Title I coordinator.
7:17 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Inkster, Buena Vista school districts to be dissolved

State says the districts can't afford to open doors and educate students in fall
The communities of Buena Vista and Inkster today became the first that will see their school systems dissolved under a new law after local officials missed a 5 p.m. deadline to find money to help operate next school year. State and intermediate school district officials will now work to formalize the dissolution and reassign students to other districts.
6:31 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Small town of Jenison hopes performing arts center provides boost

District superintendent says center will provide better opportunities for students and help revitalize the community
As schools increasingly focus on technical education programs, many have lamented that the performing arts and humanities are getting short shrift. But not in Jenison. The school district in the small suburban community is betting big on the arts with a new $16 million, 90,000-square-foot performing arts center, expected to be completed this December.
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5:38 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Inkster, Buena Vista schools face Monday deadline to stay open

Both districts could be dissolved if they can't show state they have funds to stay open
School officials in Inkster and Buena Vista have a final deadline of 5 p.m. Monday to prove to state officials they have the money to open their doors to students this fall. As of last week, both districts were broke, state officials said, and unable to educate their K-12 pupils on the first day of school Sept.