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Michigan House passes $16.1B education budget

By   /  April 28, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a $16.1 billion omnibus education funding bill on a bipartisan vote of 72-36. The plan includes Gov. Rick Snyder’s increases in per-pupil funding, with the lowest-funded districts getting the largest rise in funding. It also includes a $1 million line item to help private schools offset the costs of […]

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Detroit Public School district to open three new schools

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Judge Stephen Rhodes, who oversaw Detroit’s bankruptcy and is now the transition manager of Detroit Public Schools, is looking to add three new schools. Two will be K-2 Montessori options and the third will be a dual-language Arabic technical school. The hope is that these schools will help stem the outflow of students from the […]

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Opinion: Detroit (and its kids) would be better off as a charter district

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly has written an opinion piece in the Detroit News arguing that the city’s students would be better off without Detroit Public Schools. Instead, he argues, Detroit should count on charter schools to serve their students. DPS, the Saginaw Republican argues, is a “financial train wreck,” and students continue to suffer while […]

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Detroit students travel great distances for great schools

By   /  April 8, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

Detroit School Demolitions

“Everything I do is to make things better for him,” one parent said of her son. “I told him, ‘We’re going through these extra steps and it’s a lot to get you to school, but if this is going to help better prepare you, not only for high school and for college, but for life, then it’s what we’re going to do.’”

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Detroit Public Schools files lawsuit against state

By   /  April 8, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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“Children who have been in school under … emergency management have been irreparably harmed by the lack of resources in the classroom, by the instability of the schools,” said Elena Herrada, a board member.

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Detroit public school officials charged with bribery

By   /  April 1, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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These officials allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for school supplies to the vendor, Norman Shy, who then gave a portion of the payment from DPS back to the school officials after being paid by DPS for school supplies that were never delivered

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