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Michigan AG: Weak Detroit schools can be closed

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says underperforming Detroit schools may be closed this year. “The law is clear: Michigan parents and their children do not have to be stuck indefinitely in a failing school,” Schuette said in a statement on Wednesday. “Detroit students and parents deserve accountability and high performing schools. If a child can’t spell opportunity, they […]

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Robocars are here; so are the bureaucrats

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  California, Economy, Legislature, Michigan, National, News, Regulations, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

FULL SPEED AHEAD: The federal government is preparing to release guidelines for driverless cars as more automakers and tech companies are joining the fray to develop the best autonomous vehicles.

Anyone needing more evidence the robocar revolution is here need look no further than government bureaucrats. With sights set on jobs, industry domination or providing an avenue for crony capitalists, states are already legislatively jockeying for an inside track on autonomous vehicles. And now, the feds. In fact, if the New York Times headline writers are […]

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Union survey: Michigan teachers demoralized

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Economy, Michigan  /  No Comments

Teachers Union

The two largest teachers unions in Michigan have conducted a poll that shows teachers are demoralized all around the state. “Nothing surprised us, but I wish I had been surprised,” American Federation of Teachers Michigan president David Hecker said during a conference call with reporters. “This just shows how pervasive the issues are, or how longstanding because […]

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ITT Tech closure leaves charter students in limbo

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  Arizona, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

PACKING THEM IN: Without additional taxes, the Philadelphia School District might have classes of 40 students next year - or it might not open its doors at all - according to district and city officials.

The sudden closure of ITT Tech college has also meant the sudden closure of its charter schools, leaving students scrambling. The for-profit educational firm’s charter academy in Troy, Michigan, had 61 students, and school officials are helping to get them placed elsewhere. The charter school in Arizona is fighting back. “This news has come as a […]

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All about Detroit’s plan to save public schools

By   /  September 6, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Today is the first day of school in Detroit, and the district has drastically changed since last year. Yahoo has a detailed report of how the district hit rock bottom, with enrollment, academic performance, and infrastructure crumbling. Now, with two districts, Detroit is meeting these challenges in entirely new ways. Read more here.

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Fore! Golf tournament raises more than $3M for Detroit schools

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

Detroit Bankruptcy News Guide

Jack Nicklaus and other golfers took part in a pro-am tournament in Detroit to raise money for Cornerstone Schools in Detroit.

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