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Stephen Henderson: For students’ sake, Michigan must do better on charter schools

Stephen Henderson: For students’ sake, Michigan must do better on charter schools

Great idea. Lousy execution. Twenty years ago, charter school advocates in Michigan promoted independent public schools on two premises: that they would provide quality options for parents in places like Detroit — where the public school system was, even then, abysmal — and that they would introduce competition into the educational marketplace that would force

‘It’s About Kids’

Educators, parents, kids tell stories of innovation, overcoming adversity LANSING – A new campaign to showcase innovative programs that are happening in Michigan schools despite adversity and budget cuts kicks off today with the launch of a 2-and-a-half-minute video trailer. The multimedia “It’s About Kids” campaign features interviews with superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and children,

Legislature shouldn’t decide how to spend state aid in schools

  By Diana Dillaber Murray, The Oakland Press 04/25/14 ‎Seventy-five percent of Michigan voters prefer that local school boards determine where to spend money in their schools, according to a study done by a Chicago company commissioned by a group of Michigan education organizations. The question was asked earlier this month in a survey done

Poll says Michigan voters want to increase K-12 per-pupil spending

By Michigan Radio Newsroom Three-quarters of Michigan voters support a state school budget proposal that increases per-pupil funding and gives local schools more control over how they spend the money. That’s according to a recent poll commissioned by the group that came up with the proposal. The Classroom & Kids Coalition is made up of

School Groups Push Alternative Budget

Public schools would share in another $88.9 million under a budget proposal unveiled essentially by the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administrators. The plan, which saw backing from teachers and parents as well as school officials at a media event Thursday, would continue the $54.9 million in General Fund