k-12 education

"The state needs a moratorium on the opening of new charters in order to provide enrollment stability for Michigan schools, must address the needs of high-poverty students and must address the needs of districts that are spiraling into financial disaster, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told members of the Legislature this morning." (Detroit Free Press)

"Starting Monday, Lakeview High School will begin 10 minutes earlier and end three minutes later. Lakeview Middle School will also end three minutes later. The middle school start time will not change and the elementary schools will remain on the same schedule." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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Planning has started for celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Kalamazoo Promise.

The privately-funded college scholarship for graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools was announced in November 2005. It was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then, Promise officials say it has provided more than $60 million to help almost 4,000 students to on to college. The program covers tuition at all public colleges and universities in Michigan as well as at a number of private institutions like Kalamazoo College.

Michigan Picks SAT to Replace ACT Exam

Jan 7, 2015
WMUK

The SAT will replace the ACT as Michigan’s eleventh grade standardized test.

The state has provided a free college entrance exam in high school proficiency tests for several years. Martin Ackley is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education. He says students should not have to worry about Michigan universities accepting the results.

“The fact that there will be 115,000 Michigan juniors taking the SAT every year, I’m sure if a college or university in Michigan has not been taking the SAT that they will be accepting the SAT scores.”

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A proposal to crackdown on “cyber-bullying” has been approved by the state Senate. The Gongwer News Service says the measure would require that schools have policies on the issue. It follows incidents around the country in which students were harassed by other students on Facebook and other social media.

But some critics say the bill goes too far because it would require districts to control the behavior of students outside of school.

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