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Hillsdale charter school initiative gets national attention

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

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U.S. News & World Report is featuring Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, a project that supports 15 charter school startups and is aiming to have 50 by 2022. Hillsdale does not fund the schools, but offers mentoring for founders who follow the Michigan school’s educational philosophy. “Our role is to serve as the architect of the academic program, which includes […]

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Michigan’s governor signs Detroit Public Schools bailout

By   /  June 22, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $617 bailout package for Detroit Public Schools, saying the measure “promises a brighter future for all of Detroit’s children.” Under the law, a new school board will be elected in November and, upon taking office in January, will hire a new superintendent. Read more here.

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Detroit school board member bucks state, backs bankruptcy

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

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Detroit Public Schools board member LaMar Lemmons plans to seek an injunction against a $617 million bailout and district overhaul approved by the legislature. He argues that bankruptcy is the best option for students in Detroit. “We’re very serious,” Lemmons told The Detroit News. “We’re waiting to see when and if the governor signs it, which he’s indicated […]

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Detroit teacher wins a Tony for theater education

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

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Detroit teacher Marilyn McCormick won a Tony Award for excellence in theater education, which means a $10,000 grant for the performing arts program at Cass Technical High School. “[My students] know that life is not easy, but they also know how to persevere,” McCormick said. “They keep their shoulder to the plow and they don’t quit. […]

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Bailout keeps Detroit Public Schools out of bankruptcy, preserves choice

By   /  June 15, 2016  /  Education, Michigan, National, News  /  No Comments

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It’s the type of solution that makes one say, “Well, it could have been worse.” The Michigan legislature narrowly voted last week for a $617 million package to try to save the struggling Detroit Public School district. While some legislators complained the solution was not openly negotiated, the plan was approved on a 19-18 vote on […]

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Michigan approves $617M public schools rescue plan

By   /  June 13, 2016  /  Education Blog, Michigan  /  No Comments

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“Without legislative action, the Detroit Public Schools would head toward bankruptcy, which would cost billions of dollars and cost every student in every district in Michigan.”

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