Some Michigan lawmakers are making another attempt to change the state’s high school graduation requirements, which they argue do not provide flexibility to allow students to pursue career and technical education programs.
Republicans — over Democrats’ objections that education funding is too low — are on board with Gov. Rick Snyder’s overall 2 percent increase in state aid to K-12 schools, universities and community colleges. They have different ideas on how to spend it, though.
The Michigan Department of Education says the state has seen a 66 percent rise in homeless students over four years, to more than 37,500 in 2011-12.
The Republican-led House approved legislation to give the state control over more of Michigan’s lowest-performing public schools, sparking a fiery debate over the course of action needed to help persistently failing students succeed in the classroom.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Lahser High School graduate Chad Smith says he’s a prime example of why music education is needed in public schools.
A Republican-controlled education committee on Wednesday forwarded to the full House for a vote a bill that would expand the state’s authority to take the reins at low-performing schools.
Wayne State University’s president urged lawmakers not to limit the school’s state aid in retaliation for approving an eight-year contract just before the contentious right-to-work law goes into effect.
A state report says 11 of the 49 Michigan school districts with budget deficits are expect to end the budget year in the black.
Just weeks before the state’s new right-to-work law is set to take effect, the Warren Consolidated Board of Education unanimously approved an extended labor contract for its employees.
Michigan public universities and K-12 districts that consider signing unusually long new contracts before the contentious right-to-work law goes into effect March 28 may have to think twice.