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Panel Moves Teacher Privatization and Charter Cap

With education reform high on their fall agenda and more than 12,000 students on charter school waiting lists across the state, the Senate Education Committee this week reported legislation that would remove the 150-school cap on university-authorized charter schools. In so doing, the panel also broke a tie-bar between the charter school proposal and one dealing with schools of choice. The measure, Senate Bill 618, would also allow local school districts to contract for teachers through a private company.

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Our Grades Are Now Public - What Did You Earn?

Released Friday was data showing that 65 percent of Michigan public school principals are effective, 33 percent were highly effective and only 2 percent were ineffective. What's your grade?

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Data Shows More Than 1 in 3 State Public School Grads Needed Remedial Work in College

By Lori Higgins, Education Writer/Published October 1, 2011 by Detroit Free Press

More than 1 in 3 Michigan public school graduates from the class of 2009 needed remedial course work when they enrolled in a state college or university, according to data released by the state late Friday.

The first-ever report also lists the college success of graduates from individual high schools and districts, with some consistent top- performers graduating sizable numbers of students in need of

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Military Child Education Coalition’s Professional Development Institutes Coming Soon

The Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization addressing the educational needs of military-connected families, invites you to the following professional development sessions:

Living in the New Normal: Helping Children Thrive Through Good and Challenging Times Institute

    Date: November 8-9, 2011
    Registration and Breakfast: 8 a.m.
    Institute Training: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Place: Courtyard by Marriott, 333 Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226
    Attendance Requirement: 95% attendance is required to receive credit and course materials's picture

Looking for an iPad-Based Classroom Observation Tool?

Look no further! The MASSP has been working with Texas-based Go Know to develop an iPad platform classroom observation tool. You may remember our previous work with Go Know that resulted in the Go Observe software members were using with Palm Pilots. We anticipate this new package will be available for purchase in early October. Once developed, Go Know will continue to create a version of the application for Android Tablets, iPhones and Android phones.