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    Governor Snyder’s Detroit Public Schoo …

    Michael Ignagni

      Before delving into Gov. Snyder’s debt plan for the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), let’s look at the current state of DPS. As of this year, Detroit is the nation’s lowest-performing urban school area. Only 6% of high school students are considered proficient in math, 4% proficient in science and two-thirds are ...

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    Un- vs. Underfunded Mandates: Michigan€…

    Rachel White and Professor Kristi Bowman

    The original version of this post was published on Green & Write -- Michigan State University College of Education's Education Policy Research Insights blog Every year, state governments adopt new mandates that school districts are required to follow. A great number of these mandates require additional administrative, ...

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    Review of Charter School Authorizers

    Leslie Welch

    Recently, the Michigan Department for Education has called for the review of 11 charter school authorizers after poor performance and a lack of transparency (Smith). In all 11 of these charter school authorizers, there were schools present in the bottom 10 percent of Michigan schools (Michigan Gov.). The decision ...

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    Organic in Schools

    Inna Mirzoyan

    Our schools are where our children are molded into becoming bright and healthy citizens of our future. Therefore, at a time when obesity is skyrocketing for all, the best place to stop this cycle is in our school systems. Children need to be able to distinguish foods that are good for ...

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    The Birth, Growth and Outcomes of the Ed …

    Breeana Kiter

    In March of 2011 Governor Rick Snyder enacted Public Act Four, which allowed for governor appointed Emergency Managers to take control of financially failing cities and the school districts that resided inside of them. In May of 2011, not too long after Public Act Four's enactment, Detroit Public Schools were handed ...

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    The Education Achievement Authority

    Dan H. Rice

    One of the most important pieces of legislation that will be discussed by the Michigan legislature this year is the role and possible expansion of the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA is the state run agency that takes over low performing schools and attempts to turn them around. ...

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    Contracting Out Schools in Muskegon Heig …

    John Joyce

    Public Act 4 allows the Governor to appoint Emergency Managers for both cities and school districts. Muskegon Heights is a school district where Governor Snyder appointed an EM, Donald Weatherspoon. While acting as Emergency Manager, Weatherspoon contracted out management of the city's schools to a group called Mosaica Education. This ...

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    Michigan's NCLB Waiver

    Rolika Dalela

    Recently, Michigan's waiver for the No Child Left Behind Act was approved. Now, even though the state does the requirements set by the act, Michigan has promised several other changes to its education system. Despite the still difficult to achieve goals, Michigan's Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, is positive as he comments on ...

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    Consequences of Declining Enrollment in …

    Alicia Adamczyk

    Between 1995 and 2009, almost 61% of public school districts in Michigan experienced a decline in enrollment, and according to the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency, schools may continue to face declining enrollment into 2012-13.

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    Potential Effects of Final State Educati …

    Janee Prince

    On Thursday, May 26, 2011, lawmakers in Lansing finalized the budget for the 2012 fiscal year, and in turn the highly controversial education cuts. Legislators agreed to approximately $564 million in overall cuts from the School Aid K-12 budget as well as cuts from post-secondary education affecting many school districts immensely. ...

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    Governor Rick Snyder's Special Address o …

    Andrew Revard

    In a special message to the Michigan Legislature on education policy, Governor Rick Snyder entreated the state to transform its education system. He noted that Michigan is underachieving in its education outcomes and hailed an improved education system as integral to Michigan's future. In the message Snyder delineated his reform proposal. ...

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    A Comparative Analysis of Michigan's Cha …

    Andrew Revard

    There are nearly 5,500 charter schools in the United States in which nearly 1.8 million students are enrolled. Since the advent of charter schools in 1991, the growth has been meteoric; additionally, it continues unabated. The quantity of charter schools in the U.S. grew by nine percent in 2010. This growth ...

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    Survey Discovers the Continued Privatiza …

    Andrew Revard

    For the entirety of the preceding decade, Michigan experienced annual budget deficits. These deficits resulted in, not only infamously protracted legislative battles over appropriations and government shutdowns, but also difficult decisions on how to optimally allocate resources. And although Michigan deemed education funding paramount, it naturally suffered from the chronic deficits ...

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    Impact of the Elections on Anti-Bullying …

    Andrew Revard

    Succeeding the recent election, Michigan's state government is going to appear radically different. While Republicans retained control of the state Senate, they acquired control of the state House and governorship. In the forthcoming years the direction of the state will turn decidedly to Republican inclinations. The policies and priorities of the ...

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    Effectiveness of Anti-Bullying Legislati …

    Andrew Revard

    Over the preceding decade, Michigan lawmakers have made multiple attempts to pass anti-bullying legislation. To the chagrin of advocates of anti-bullying legislation, each attempt has ended in failure. Because of this Michigan remains one of only five states not to have passed anti-bullying legislation; granted, Michigan's State Board of Education recommends that ...

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    Twenty-Eight Michigan Schools Awarded Sc …

    Andrew Revard

    Twenty-eight of Michigan's persistently lowest achieving schools were recently awarded $86 million in School Improvement Grants. The grants were appropriated for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. There were 108 schools eligible for the grants, but only 84 of the eligible schools submitted applications. Schools will immediately receive the grants ...

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