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No more excuses

Because my home is minutes away from Spartan Stadium my loyalties lean green and white. As a Spartan fan we've learned to say "we're in a building year."

We'll as educators we've been saying our ACT scores have remained flat because the students taking the MME have not been held to the higher standards. We'll this year that all changes.

The Class of 2011 next March with take the MME. A significant number of them will have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and one semester of Algebra II. Plus they will have completed 2.5 years of English and science.

Let's hope that the ACT results reported next May say, "Michigan's average ACT show significant increase and now lead the nation." Shall we pray....

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Alternative Schools Should Put an End to Smoke Breaks

Scene: During a televised Sunday afternoon football game, a commercial begins with the camera on a pile of cigarette butts. Then, it pans up to show a number of teens smoking. Both shots show an open school building clearly visible in the background.

Narrator: “Smoking breaks… at school??? (Horror and dismay are obvious in the voice of the narrator.) News Center X has learned that local high school students are regularly smoking between classes… while their teachers watch! (Gasp.) Students are supposed to be learning things at school. Is breaking the law one of them? Tune in Tuesday night at 6:00 to see what News Center X uncovered at some of our local high schools.”

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Education Alliance


In early August the Michigan Education Alliance meets to establish key topics to be worked on during the school year. The Alliance is made up of executive directors from 16 statewide education associations. These groups are comprised of teacher unions, administrator associations, higher education, charter schools, private schools, parent groups, and the business community. We meet to find those places in education policy where we all agree. Surprisingly, there are several. Upon agreement of the entire group (the vote must be 16-0 for a position to be given) and under the letterhead of the Michigan Education Alliance, policy makers are notified of our joint agreement.'s picture

August Summer Academy Set for Aug. 24th & 25th at Milan High School

Milan High is again hosting a summer academy open to education professionals - teachers, para pros, administrators and curriculum leaders are all invited to attend.

Sessions include:
Session A: Math For All: Algebra & Geometry For All
Milan High had all Freshmen complete Algebra & Geometry, simultaneously, through the year, with a failure rate below 8% - while mastering the new content expectations! The presentation includes the school plan to offer both classes in one year, as well as the instructional plans in these inclusive-based classrooms. (Open to all educators)

Session B: Freshmen Transitions!

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SB 698

August 5, 2009-SB 698 passes out of Senate Education Committees with full support.