A headline in today's (12/16/08) Detroit News caught a lot of principal's attention. On the budget cutting block is the Michigan Promise (MI Merit Award) Scholarship. Extremely disappointing, but not surprising. I remember setting in the hearing where the "Promise" was being developed. Someone asked how long can we afford to do this and the answer was 2015-2017. But, hopefully the economy will be strong again and we'll be okay.
Well, we're not okay. And, the future doesn't look good.
Over 240 Michigan schools have joined the International Networking for Educational Transformation(iNet) http://www.ssat-inet.net. iNet, is an international network of schools, organizations, and, individuals who are committed to transforming learning through innovation. MSU is the link for Michigan schools to connect with iNet.
I was invited as a guest of iNet to join their international conference in Birmingham, England. Once getting permission from my wife, Nancy, to be gone during Thanksgiving, and the Executive Committee of MASSP to pay for my air fare, I said yes to this lifetime opportunity.
From The Middle
The Gates Foundation has announced a major shift in its educational strategy plans. Once known for its extensive support of small schools, the Gates Foundation has not be satisfied with the scalability of these schools.
While many of the small schools started with Gates Foundation support remain “pockets of excellence”, there have not been enough promising small schools to make the kind of large-scale impact on educational reform that the Foundation had hoped.
The Foundation will place new emphasis on:
College Readiness for High School Students