k-12 education

10:25 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Michigan Gets more International Baccalaureate Programs

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Of Michigan's largest urban areas, all but Grand Rapids have at least one IB program.
The number of International Baccalaureate programs in Michigan has nearly tripled in five years as parents and school districts scramble for challenging curricula to help boost student college applications and prepare students to compete globally. Schools in Livonia, Fenton and Clinton Township are among those that have pushed the total number offering the program last year to 83, up from 27 in 2009.
1:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Some Calhoun School Buses Flunk Inspections

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Only one bus used by the Battle Creek Public Schools failed to pass a State Police inspection.
Sixteen of the 188 school buses operated by school districts and other educational outlets in Calhoun County failed inspection by Michigan State Police during the 2013-14 academic year, according to a new report from the agency. That rate of failure at the local level is slightly less than the 10 percent ratio reported statewide.
1:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

KPS Elementary Classes Starting Earlier

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The change is in response to the state's decision to require school districts to increase the minimum amount of class time each year.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Elementary buildings in Kalamazoo Public Schools are adding 3 minutes to their school day this year, district officials say. For most buildings, that means the start time is 8:50 a.m. this year, versus 8:53 a.m. last year. The change was effective at the start of the school year.
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.
2:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

More School Time for Kids in Portage, Mattawan

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The changes mean that Portage must add four days to its school calendar while Mattawan cuts back on half-days and extends class hours for elementary students.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Students in Portage, Mattawan and Climax-Scotts are among those who will be spending more time in the classroom this year, the result of changes in state regulations regarding the minimum number of instructional days and hours. In 2013-14, public schools had to provide 170 days of instruction, with a total of 1,098 hours.