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Chaos reigns in Detroit’s educational landscape

By   /  July 27, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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LaMar Lemmons, disputed president of Detroit Public Schools, had some choice words to share on the recent $617 million DPS bailout, saying that board members who voted for the plan “know what side their bread is buttered,” the Detroit News reported. The implication is that board members were simply obeying Gov. Rick Snyder rather than […]

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Here’s why the autonomous vehicle industry needs lobbyists already

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Michigan, National, News, Regulations, Technology, Transportation  /  No Comments

CROSSROADS: One of M-City's many intersections where autonomous vehicles learn how to drive better.

You can’t buy an autonomous vehicle yet, but the fledgling industry has already begun lobbying the government, which is eager to start regulating.

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Michigan implements Detroit Public Schools plan

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Michigan’s Loan Board approved a restructuring of Detroit’s public schools on Monday, including a $617 million bailout. Under the new plan, the school district is divided into the former school district — which will collect taxes to pay off the $617 million in debt — and a new district that will actually run Detroit’s schools. Read […]

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Judge extends restraining order for East Detroit Schools

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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A judge has extended a restraining order that prevents Gary Jensen from taking control of four East Detroit Public Schools until at least July 28, when a hearing is scheduled. The original restraining order was issued earlier this month preventing the state from appointing the former Montcalm County high school principal as CEO for the schools. Read more […]

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On Capitol Hill, parents share virtual success stories

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Education, Michigan, National, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

Thompson family from North Carolina met with Sen. Richard Burr.

In light of growing skepticism of virtual schools’ value, parents from 27 states gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to make sure lawmakers know that the increasingly controversial educational choice has helped many of them overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Stay-at-home mom Aley Minton’s 13-year-old son has dyslexia; he started fifth grade at the first-grade level. Since attending Michigan Connections […]

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Detroit parents lead school enrollment effort

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Parent-led advocacy group Enroll Detroit is going door-to-door to ensure that the city’s children are signed up for school, checking on families whose children have secured a seat but haven’t yet reserved it. “At the end of the day, our goal is to hear what their child needs,” said Bernita Bradley, one of the parents who […]

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