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    Gun Free Zones

    Michael Mitchell

      The right to bare arms has probably been one of the most controversial and debated rights guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights. The debate has become even more heated due to recent mass shootings in schools and other public areas. The federal Gun Free Zones Act of 1990 was ...

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    The Un-Common Core Test

    Sarah Galey

    The original version of this post was published on Green & Write -- Michigan State University College of Education's Education Policy Research Insights blog.   State superintendents across the country, including Michigan’s Mike Flanagan , are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, states’ federal ...

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    Prioritizing the Problem of Underfunded …

    Rachel White

    The original version of this post was published on Green & Write -- Michigan State University College of Education's Education Policy Research Insights blog

    Amidst a growing funding crisis, the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) state-imposed governing body, the School Reform Commission (SRC), unilaterally voted to cancel ...

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    Learning from the Louisiana Example: The …

    Jessica Reed

    The Michigan Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is a new public school authority currently comprised of 15 schools in Detroit. The EAA is designed to improve academic performance by instituting new financial and administrative management of schools. The creation of a public school system is an untried education initiative for the state ...

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    Michigan's Education Achievement Authori …

    Dan H. Rice

    The House Education Committee recently voted on new legislation for the expansion of the Education Achievement Authority. Despite strong resistance by Democrats and various education interest groups, House Bill 4369 will soon make its way to the House floor. Critics have described the EAA as a hostile takeover of ...

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    Changing Higher Education Funding

    Christian Wiesenberg

    Education has been high on Michigan's agenda for years and with the job market demanding higher educated employees, this has created more competitiveness in the job market, affecting all ages and areas for careers. Over the last two decades, Michigan has implemented several initiatives for funding higher education. The Student Equity ...

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    Legislature Moves to Expand Cyberschools …

    Jessica Pedersen

    Supporters of Senate Bill 619 are looking to expand virtual charter schools to give parents of K-12 children more learning options. .

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    The Effects of Proposal A: Funding Michi …

    Janee Prince

    In 1994, Michigan legislators drafted and passed Proposal A: an education finance plan that resulted in drastic changes in the way public schools was funded. One of the main goals of Proposal A was to reduce inter-district spending disparities and eliminate educational inequality. Proposal A increased state aid to the lowest ...

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    House Education Committee Passes Bill Re …

    Andrew Revard

    A new bill that would seemingly facilitate the privatization of Michigan school district's non-instructional services has been recommended for passage by the House Education Committee. House Bill 4306, introduced February 22, 2011, by Rep. David Agema (R), requires school districts to seek competitive bids for non-instructional school services; in its original ...

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    Michigan Board of Education Offers Educa …

    Andrew Revard

    The Michigan State Board of Education passed a myriad of reform recommendations this week. The recommendations, entitled the Education Improvement and Reform Priorities - Recommendations to Governor Snyder and the Legislature , received bipartisan, unanimous support from the Board. The recommendations were passed in anticipation of Governor Snyder's planned special ...

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    HB 6331: Collective Bargaining Agreement …

    Andrew Revard

    Michigan enacted multiple education reform bills in its failed Race to the Top (R2T) application. One of the reform bills enacted was Senate Bill (SB) 981. While SB 981 primarily focuses on reforming schools of excellence, two sections, Sections 1249 and 1250, enact performance-based initiatives (PBIs); specifically, Section 1249 enacts performance-based evaluations ...

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    Looking to the Future: Closings, Cut-bac …

    Kari Boyd

    Most people in the state of Michigan are aware of the sad state of school finance. We all know cuts need to take place, priorities need to be identified, and tough decisions have to be made. Places like Oak Park schools, faced with a 7.1 million dollar budget shortfall, have been ...

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    Michigan’s Public Policy Reaction to T …

    Kari Boyd

    When Congress passed the stimulus package early last year, they included 54 billion dollars for education, 4.3 billion of which was to be distributed to the states who "won" the program, deemed "The Race to the Top" (RttT) in two phases, the first of which was to end in April 2010 ...

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    Candidates for Governor on Education

    Kari Boyd

    In 8 months, Michigan will choose a new governor in the midst of a struggling economy, failing schools, and a people in need of a leader capable of turning this state around. It may be only February, but 7 candidates (5 Republicans and 2 Democrats) are running for the governor's office ...

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    Now or Later? (Either Way its Gonna Hurt …

    Kari Boyd

    Mason schools are in a bind. The recent budget woes in Lansing are impacted them to the tun of a $655,000 deficit. Despite closing a school and planning for a reduction in funding the school district is facing a seemingly impossible problem. Superintendant Jim Harvey is not optimistic about the districts situation, ...

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    Proposing to Fund Education

    Kari Boyd

    Election day saw a slew of school funding proposals on ballots across the state. In the wake of a potentially crippiling budget cut, schools and school districts need to fund thier school projects with milliages and bond proposals. Detroit Public Schools District is no different, as Detroit voters stamped a "Yes" ...

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    The Budget Battle Over Education

    Kari Boyd

      Govenor Granholm and the legislature are in a bind. Granholm  line-item vetoed an additional $127 per pupil, on top of the $165 per pupil already in the budget, as well as $52 million for high-spending school districts. Granholm claims she did so because there wasn't enough revenue coming in to pay ...

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