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House Democrats Introduce Plan to Address Literacy

May 31, 2019

Members of the House Democratic Caucus announced their plan to address the literacy crisis in the state. Named the Better Outcomes in Literacy and Development Plan, it aims to combat the root causes of illiteracy across the state by addressing critical issues in early childhood. Currently, Michigan ranks 41st in the country in reading. The […]

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State Board Announces Finalists for State Superintendent

Apr 26, 2019

The State Board of Education is one step closer to selecting the next State Superintendent after choosing the three finalists. Following two days of public interviews and deliberation, the board announced the three finalists: Brenda Cassellius – Immediate past Minnesota Commissioner of Education Michael Rice – Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools Jeanice Swift – Superintendent […]

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Governor Creates Education Advisory Council

Apr 12, 2019

In order to bring experts together to advise and recommend legislation relevant to the public education system, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of a new council. Executive Order 2019-9 creates the Governor’s Educator Advisory Council, housed within the Department of Education. It will consist of 15 voting members appointed by the governor and will […]

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School Safety Reforms Introduced

Mar 15, 2019

Public schools would be required to carry trauma kits and train all staff members on how to use the kits under legislation introduced this week. Representative Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond) and Representative Angela Witwer (D-Delta Twp.) introduced the package with the hopes of improving school safety practices in Michigan. This bill is part of the Department […]

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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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Native American Heritage Fund Announces Check Distribution

Sep 14, 2018

On Friday, September 14, the Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) is awarding grants at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. The fund was developed to help offset costs associated with projects promoting positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigan’s Indian tribes and Native Americans in the state. Funds are available […]

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