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Metro Detroit voters asked to approve school bond, millage proposals

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Detroit public school enrollment up for 1st time in 15 years

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Houses, condos planned for school sites in Livonia, Westland

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Hot temperatures force another half-day for Detroit schools

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Detroit schools set early dismissal due to heat wave

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Catholic school in Lansing to discipline students who kneel during pledge
LANSING - A Catholic elementary and middle school in Lansing plans to discipline students who choose not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. In a letter to parents dated Tuesday, officials at Immaculate Heart of Mary-St. Casimir School said kneeling in protest of racial injustice is "not appropriate" during the pledge and national anthem in schools. Beginning Monday, any student who chooses not to stand for the pledge will be sent home for the day, the letter said   Read More ...
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Detroit district board takes stand against concealed weapons in schools
The board of education for the Detroit Public Schools Community District opposes allowing concealed weapons to be carried in schools, a bill that would allow charter schools to share revenue from a special millage, and any future attempt to dilute the power of locally elected school board members. Those were among the positions the board took during a meeting this week in which members set their legislative agenda   Read More ...
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Should Detroit schools stop authorizing charters? Board weighs the fallout
Nikolai Vitti, the new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, was the featured speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference earlier this month. Wochit. Buy Photo. Will the Detroit school district get out of the business of authorizing charter schools? A decision is coming in December, but board members who discussed the possibility at a meeting Monday night asked administrators for more information about the potential impact   Read More ...
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The question every high school senior dreads at Thanksgiving | Opinion
It’s the question almost every college-bound high school senior dreads right about now: What are your college plans? An out-of-town uncle may be just making small talk by asking a niece about her destination next fall. But if she has heard bad news from her first-choice college — or worse, nothing at all — even the most casual of inquiries can be taken the wrong way   Read More ...
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Brandon, Clarkston, Oxford schools closed while police search for gunman
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - The Brandon School District, Clarkston Community Schools and Oxford Community Schools are closed Wednesday while police search for a gunman after two people were critically injured Tuesday night. Investigators with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department scoured through an apartment complex, where the victims were found. UPDATE: The Goodrich Area Schools district also is closed Wednesday. The man and woman were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition   Read More ...
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School worksheet quizzed students on ‘boy toy,’ affairs
Hopewell, Va. – Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as “boy toy” and “trophy wife.” WTVR reported Monday that the teacher at the school outside Richmond, Virginia, had downloaded the worksheet from the internet. The superintendent for Hopewell schools said it was never part of the curriculum   Read More ...
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Why bills to allow guns in Michigan schools scare me
Over the last 15 years in my career as a public school teacher coach and principal, little has frightened me more than the proposed Michigan Senate bills 584 and 586. Together, the bills would force public K-12 school districts to allow concealed loaded handguns in our school buildings. My most important job as a school principal is to create the safest possible environment for our students to learn and grow, both academically and emotionally   Read More ...
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Our Editorial: Too many teachers skipping class
Buy Photo. Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools,” was published by the Fordham Institute, and took a deep dive through teacher absenteeism numbers collected by the U   Read More ...
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Column: Charter and public students are equal
A piece of legislation currently before the Michigan House would allow all public school students — both traditional and charter — to be valued equally by the state. As charter school parents and board members, we strongly support this legislation. We feel that our kids shouldn’t be worth less simply because of the type of public school they attend. The legislation (Senate Bill 574) deals with regional enhancement millages, which are public school millages that voters must approve on a countywide basis   Read More ...
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Letter: Follow models to better education
Buy Photo. Creating immediate and long-lasting improvements in Michigan schools requires that everyone from policymakers to community members recognize four core needs and work together to address them simultaneously. The needs are easy to innumerate: Schools must be student- and achievement-centered; teachers must have access to results-oriented training, year-round mentoring and classroom-ready materials; students must have classroom and lab equipment and sufficient time-on-task; students must see how their course work connects to the local workforce and they need to interact with local professionals to whom they can relate   Read More ...
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Michigan bill lets teachers carry concealed guns in schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday would allow concealed pistol license holders with extra training to carry in nine areas that are currently off limits. The full Republican-led Senate plans to vote Wednesday on the bill that is opposed by gun-control advocates and others   Read More ...
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Michigan bill lets teachers carry concealed guns in schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday would allow concealed pistol license holders with extra training to carry in nine areas that are currently off limits. The full Republican-led Senate plans to vote Wednesday on the bill that is opposed by gun-control advocates and others   Read More ...
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Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed
You won’t find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York’s Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and in-line skating — all under the heading of physical education. The teachers say it’s a more fitting description of lessons meant to last well-beyond the class bell. “We want our kids as they walk out of these halls in grade 12 to be active for life,” said Ron Whitcomb, the district’s director of health, physical education and athletics   Read More ...
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Metro Detroit voters asked to approve school bond, millage proposals
than a dozen school districts have bond or millage proposals on the ballot in Tuesday's election, including Northville Public Schools, which is asking residents to approve borrowing $104.5 million to fund projects that will impact every school in the district. "It makes financial sense to bring this bond proposal before voters at this time, as it will enable the school district to address much-needed facility updates to meet the current and future educational needs of our students," Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher said   Read More ...
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GOP tax bill furthers DeVos’ push for school choice
Washington — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ school-choice agenda is getting a bit of a boost from the Republican tax bill, which would allow parents to use education savings accounts to pay tuition at private elementary and secondary schools. Yet some conservative groups favoring school choice say the tax bill doesn’t help low-income families. Expanding school choice — access to charter, private and other options besides neighborhood schools — has been a top priority of the Trump administration and DeVos, who has spent decades working on that front in her home state of Michigan   Read More ...
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3 teens charged in hazing incident at Fordson High School
Buy Photo. Three male students from Fordson High School in Dearborn have been charged with assault in connection with a hazing incident. The trio, all sophomores, assaulted a 13-year-old freshman boy in the school's locker room before his football practice on Oct. 9, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. "During the assault it is alleged that one of the sophomores exposed himself to the victim," reads a press release from prosecutors   Read More ...
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Column: How to build a world-class education system
His presentation, “9 Building Blocks for a World-Class Education System” was offered as a blueprint for what Michigan could do to rebuild its faltering public schools. What follows is an outline of his presentation. Building Block #1: Provide strong supports for children and their families before students arrive at school. This includes prenatal care, mother and child nutrition, universal access to health care, quality childcare for working mothers, and high quality pre-school   Read More ...
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Our Editorial: Treat all public school students fairly
The Michigan Legislature is moving quickly on a bill that would give charter schools access to so-called regional enhancement property taxes. This is a fair measure that would help stop the treatment of charter school students as second-class citizens. Despite the uproar over charters in this state — fueled largely by the teachers union — these schools are still public schools that survive on public dollars   Read More ...
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Michigan Department of Education names new head of School Reform Office
Michigan has a new leader for the State School Reform Office. Dedrick Martin, superintendent in St. Johns Public Schools, was named to the job Tuesday. He'll replace Natasha Baker, the former reform officer who often courted controversy for her push to close persistently failing schools and for her efforts to appoint CEO's to take over the academics in some struggling schools   Read More ...
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Grand Rapids elementary teacher accused of physical altercation with student
A now former Grand Rapids elementary school teacher was put on leave several weeks ago, after he was accused of being involved in an altercation with a student. The student involved alleges he was choked and physically removed from the classroom by Kent Hills Elementary School teacher Robert Spaeth. The Grand Rapids Public Schools district handed their investigation over to the police and the Kent County Prosecutor, who conducted their own investigation and found the incident did not elevate to the level of "assault   Read More ...
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Finley: Why are we waiting to fix schools?
Plans are beginning to stack up like cord wood, and the talk is unceasing about the dismal performance of our schools when compared to the rest of the nation. I was encouraged again this week by some education advocates for whom I have deep respect to sound the alarm about the dangers of allowing Michigan to fall so far behind in training its kids, to create a sense of urgency among parents and the public   Read More ...
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Harper Woods High School student arrested for taunts, threats
A 14-year-old Harper Woods High School student is facing charges of disturbing the peace and assault and battery stemming from an incident earlier this week. According to the Wayne County prosecutor's office, the incident happened at about 11 a.m. last Tuesday when a high school staffer witnessed the 14-year-old taunting and making a hand gesture toward another student. The student was suspended the same day   Read More ...
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Enrollment at Detroit schools jumps by nearly 5K
Detroit — Enrollment at Detroit Public Schools Community District has increased for the first time in 15 years, adding $11 million to the district’s budget, the district’s top leader announced on Thursday. DPSCD has more than 50,100 students, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said at a press conference Thursday at a school. Last year the fall count numbers were 45,500, Vitti said. s by @jchambers_DN The actual number of students counted on the district’s fall count day earlier this month was 49,758 students   Read More ...
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Detroit public school enrollment up for 1st time in 15 years
Enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools Community District is up 3.8% over last year - a gain of 1,808 students that has boosted enrollment to its highest levels in years. The count: 50,100 students. It's the first enrollment increase in the district in 15 years, the district announced this morning. The data was being announced at a news conference this morning at Charles Wright School on the city's far west side   Read More ...
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Detroit charter schools debate gets intense at Gesu Catholic Church
Can traditional public schools and charter schools in Detroit get along, after years of us vs. them clashes? Maybe not, based on the spirited debate Wednesday night at a state of the schools event — organized by the community group 482Forward and featuring leaders from the Detroit Public Schools Community District and two key charter school authorizers. The charter leaders came to the event at Gesu Catholic Church on Detroit's west side promoting a message of collaboration and cooperation   Read More ...
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Michigan middle school clear of waste chemicals after tests
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Drinking water tested at a western Michigan middle school has shown no signs of hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site. Rockford Public Schools turned off drinking fountains at East Rockford Middle School two weeks ago as a precaution after leather and rubber scraps were found near the school, the Grand Rapids Press reported   Read More ...
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Detroit students see state Supreme Court at work
Detroit school students got to witness justice in action firsthand Wednesday as the Michigan Supreme Court held oral arguments at Cass Tech High School. It was the first time in the court’s history that it has held a session in a Detroit public school. Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones invited the court to Cass Tech, where students from schools across the city gathered to hear the legal arguments in a Wayne County case   Read More ...
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Mich. middle school clear of waste chemicals
Rockford — Drinking water tested at a western Michigan middle school has shown no signs of hazardous chemicals from a decades-old tannery waste dump site. The Grand Rapids Press reports Rockford Public Schools turned off drinking fountains at East Rockford Middle School two weeks ago as a precaution after leather and rubber scraps were found near the school. The district says the school’s drinking water shows no presence of perfluorinated chemicals from the Wolverine World Wide dump site   Read More ...
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‘New era’ in education coming to Detroit, leaders say
A new era in education between charter schools and the city’s public school district will be the focus of a conversation Wednesday night as top education leadership takes the stage for a discussion on the State of Schools in Detroit. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District; Rob Kimball, associate vice president for charter schools at Grand Valley State University and Cindy Schumacher, executive director of the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, will speak on education from 6-8 p   Read More ...
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Oakland County water main break forces several schools to close
A wave of school closures hit Oakland County on Tuesday in the communities affected by the water main break. All schools in the West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Walled Lake and Novi districts are closed. In addition, portions of a couple of other school districts are also closed: • In Farmington Public Schools: Forest, Kenbrook, Walnut Creek, Farmington STEAM, Warner Middle, Harrison High and North Farmington High are all closed   Read More ...
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Smith: Detroit children deserve better schools
“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’” Amazon or not, there is a lot going on around here to be thankful for and a lot to be hopeful for. At the moment, I’m not going to list (again) all of the blessings we have to be thankful for. Most all of them are very (physically) obvious and have been celebrated, as well they should be   Read More ...
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Giving up GPA rankings, schools create a path to mediocrity | Reader feedback
Several high schools throughout the country are now experimenting with eliminating recognition of students with a high GPA. In fact, some schools have curtailed the labeling of a valedictorian or salutatorian. The rational is that some students feel intimidated by fellow students who are studious, are educationally driven and strive to be accepted at prestigious colleges. On the other hand, there are some who counter that many of these high GPA scholars do not avail themselves of the more difficult courses and thus their high grades are somewhat inflated   Read More ...
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Michigan high school football scoreboard for Week 9
Buy Photo. Algonac 35, Southfield Bradford Academy 0. Allegan 26, South Haven 25. Allen Park 41, Taylor Truman 22. Allen Park Cabrini 47, Detroit University Science 0. Alma 39, Big Rapids 33. Ann Arbor Skyline 34, Dearborn 30. Bark River-Harris 22, Munising 14. Battle Creek Central 42, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 36. Battle Creek Harper Creek 41, Whitehall 20. Battle Creek Lakeview 39, Richland Gull Lake 38   Read More ...
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Michigan lawmakers double down on lose-lose school policy
In a sense, they're both right. The state Senate voted yesterday to divide funds generated by enhancement millages — additional school taxes approved by voters to support k-12 schools at the county level — between charters and traditional public schools. Charter advocates have a point when they say the current structure of school enhancement millages means they're funded at a handicap have a point   Read More ...
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Mich. Senate approves charter school millage shift
Buy Photo. Lansing — Charter and virtual schools would get a cut of regional education millage property tax revenue under a proposal approved Wednesday by Michigan’s Republican-led Senate. The legislation, backed by the charter school lobby and choice advocates, was approved in a 23-14 vote after a tense debate between lawmakers who traded accusations of stealing and lying. Supporters say the legislation would provide funding parity for students attending charter schools, but critics argue it would siphon voter-approved tax revenue from traditional public schools that most students still attend   Read More ...
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Detroit Country Day School invests $30M in buildings
Amid student and faculty fanfare, Detroit Country Day School kicked off a $14 million renovation and expansion of its Middle School on Tuesday. The project will provide students with enhanced learning spaces and new technology and allow fifth-grade students to be added to the Middle School building through grade level learning centers created for grades 5 and 6 and grades 7 and 8, school officials said   Read More ...
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Invisible Dad program aims to end school lunch shaming
Tony Casanova surveyed the lunchroom inside Keith Elementary School, as nearly a hundred children gobbled up hot cheese pizza, chugged cold chocolate milk and popped fruit into their mouths. Casanova bought lunch for one of the children who couldn’t afford to pay. He doesn’t know whom, and he doesn’t need to know why the child needed the money. Casanova picks up the bill to eradicate lunch shaming, when a child can’t pay for a hot lunch and gets a plate of cheese and crackers — or nothing — to eat   Read More ...
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Michigan charter schools would get some millage money under Senate bill
Charter schools in Michigan would be able to collect revenue from enhancement millages under legislation being considered in Lansing. These are regional millages levied by intermediate school districts that provide additional money for the local districts within those ISDs. For instance, Wayne County voters in 2016 approved a 10-year enhancement millage that is raising $80 million annually — split among the county's 33 districts   Read More ...
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Dearborn schools investigate alleged hazing at Fordson High School
Buy Photo. Individuals have been disciplined after an alleged hazing incident that Dearborn Public School officials say took place at Fordson High School earlier this week. Fordson principal Hayem Alcodray described the hazing as "rogue" and "isolated," and said that the "consequences for taking part in such activities can be severe and have legal implications as well," in a public letter on Thursday   Read More ...
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Hazing investigation at Dearborn Fordson leads to discipline
DEARBORN, Mich. — Officials say young people involved in alleged hazing at a Dearborn high school have been disciplined. The Dearborn Public Schools district hasn't released details about what happened. Fordson High School Principal Heyam Alcodray said in a letter to parents this week that officials investigated after learning of the allegation. He says it's a "rogue" incident. More on Freep   Read More ...
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