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APPEALS COURT THROWS OUT SEARCH BY SCHOOL OFFICIAL

A divided Court of Appeals panel threw out the search of a high school student's truck conducted by a school official and based solely on an anonymous tip, saying the search was unconstitutional.

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District Caps Medical Insurance at $13,000

SCHOOL BOARD ACTS ON WORSENING FINANCIAL SITUATION
Board members act on fact finder’s report and cap health insurance costs

The Woodhaven-Brownstown School District Board of Education voted to implement a portion of the fact finder’s recommendations and place a cap on health insurance costs for the district’s teachers. The vote came after over two years of negotiating with the Woodhaven Brownstown Education Association (WBEA) and with a financial situation that has grown steadily worse.

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'RACE TO TOP' APPLICATION IN, OUTCOME UNCERTAIN

The state submitted its application for the first round of federal "Race to the Top" grant funds, but without having seen other applications, it was still not clear late Tuesday what chance the state stands for seeing any money.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan has cautioned in recent weeks that the first application might be more valuable in providing the basis for a second than for actually funding reforms. The deadline for applications was at 4:30 p.m. and it appeared 30 states and the District of Columbia applied for the money, according to the Washington Post.

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Some Michigan Political Trivia

Some Michigan Political Trivia

With John Cherry’s surprise exit last week from this year’s gubernatorial contest, one thing is certain: for the first time since 1930, neither of Michigan’s top two elected officials will be running for governor.

• The governorship will be open for only the third time in half a century. And this will be the first time since 1916 – in the middle of World War I – that no person who has at any time served as governor or as lieutenant governor will be running for the state’s top job.

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State Prepares for School Takeovers

Arguing his other deputies have “tremendous responsibilities day in and day out,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan said this week he would hire a new deputy superintendent to oversee the state’s most chronic failing schools—once the Michigan Legislature provides him with the funds to do so. Calling the takeover of local schools a “big challenge” but something the department is up to and has “been thinking about for years.” Mr.