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Gov's Early Retirement Plan Goes Into Overtime

MirsNews, March 18, 2010

Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM's plan to save the state, local governments and school districts $450 million through a carrot-and-stick early retirement plan will not pass the Legislature in time to meet the original April 15-May 15 window the Governor wanted to give veteran employees to consider an early departure.

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HOUSE PANEL EXPLORES SCHOOL FUND BALANCE CAPS

School districts could only keep 15 percent of their general revenues in the bank under legislation being considered by the House Education Committee, but the panel was urged to bring that number even lower in initial testimony Thursday.

Thursday's was the first of several hearings on the measure (HB 5963*), and Rep. Tim Melton (D-Auburn Hills), chair of the committee and sponsor of the bill, asked interests not to simply oppose the bill, but offer suggestions on how it could be improved.

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Pay for Performance: MASSP Ex. Dir. in Center For MI article

SPECIAL REPORT: Pay for performance coming to Michigan schools
By The Center for Michigan - March 4, 2010
By John Foren

Nohemi Leake of Kalamazoo believes we should be sprinting in the Race to the Top. Maria Martinez of Wyoming, near Grand Rapids, wants to put a stop to this Race.

Think there's a consensus over President Barack Obama's Race to the Top education reform plan, which emphasizes performance-based pay for teachers and school officials?

Hardly. It's not just education experts and school employees who are all over the board in how they feel about it.

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DISTRICT SAYS FOUR DAY WEEK SAVES, IMPROVES LEARNING

DISTRICT SAYS FOUR DAY WEEK SAVES, IMPROVES LEARNING

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Obama Outlines Sweeping Education Revamp

MARCH 13, 2010, 1:37 P.M. ET

Obama Outlines Sweeping Education Revamp
Wall Street Journal

By NEIL KING JR. And BARBARA MARTINEZ
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Obama's education revamp would set firmer standards for success while lifting nearly all the measures that the Bush law used to try to prod change at failing schools.

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration plans to upend how the government measures and encourages success in the country's public schools as part of a sweeping proposal to rewrite President George W. Bush's signature No Child Left Behind law.

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