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New State Superintendent Appointed

May 10, 2019

Dr. Michael Rice was selected this week by the State Board of Education to serve as the new State Superintendent. The board has undergone a lengthy process of interviews to find a new superintendent following the death of former State Superintendent Brian Whiston in May 2018. Following the final round of interviews on May 7, […]

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Education Department Rolls Out Additional Dashboard Metrics

Jan 25, 2019

The Michigan Department of Education rolled out Phase II of their online Parent Dashboard for School Transparency. The dashboard includes 20 original factors or measures that parents and other stakeholders have indicated are important to them when evaluating a school’s quality. “In 2017 the State Board of Education requested the department to create a dashboard […]

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House Moves A-F Grades for Schools

Dec 14, 2018

This week, the House passed legislation introduced by Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) creating an A-F grading system for public schools in Michigan. The grading system would be developed by the Michigan Department of Education and will give schools grades based on benchmarks in five categories: English and math proficiency Growth in math and English […]

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Innovative Educator Corps Launching

Oct 26, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education announced that up to 100 Michigan educators could receive state grant funds to share their innovative practices with colleagues. This new program, the Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), was authorized under the recently-enacted Marshall Plan for Talent (PA 227 of 2018). “The program is keeping in line with Governor Snyder’s priority […]

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Michigan Mourns the Passing of State Superintendent of Schools

May 11, 2018

This week, State Superintendent Brian Whiston passed away after a battle with cancer. He was appointed to the role by the State Board of Education in April 2015 and under his leadership, the Department of Education set a goal to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years. Prior to his role as […]

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