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Race Runs without Unions

More than 84 percent of Michigan’s total of 848 school districts, intermediate school districts and charter schools have opted to participate in the state’s “Race to the Top”grant application, but most did so without the support of their teachers’ union.

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How to Remove an Ineffective Tenured Teacher in 13 Easy Steps

How to Remove an Ineffective Tenured Teacher in 13 Easy Steps
By Mr. Michael D. Van Beek | 1/14/2010 11:07 AM
Mackinaw Center

Recent Michigan legislation hypothetically makes it easier for schools to remove ineffective teachers from classrooms. However, some districts are claiming they already have good evaluation systems in place. For a glimpse into how the current process works, here's a step-by-step look at how one school district handles ineffective teachers.

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How the Common Core State Standards relate to the Michigan Merit Examination

By Cynthia Schmeiser

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Fourteen U.P. high schools have a lot to be proud of

UPPER PENINSULA -- Fourteen U.P. high schools have a lot to be proud of.

US News and World Report recently ranked 21,000 high schools across the U.S. on the basis of academic and enrollment data.

Only one Michigan high school was awarded a gold medal and that was downstate. But 19 got silver medals, and that included Houghton High School.

Another 55 statewide received bronze medals, and remarkably, 14 of them are here in the U.P.

They include:

* Brimley Junior/Senior High School
* Calumet High School
* Carney Nadeau
* Chassell K-12 High School

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RTTT Plan Raises Questions

Now in the eleventh hour for Michigan to file its application with the federal government for competitive "Race to the Top" education funds that could bless Michigan with some $400 million, three members of the State Board of Education today raised concerns about the state's plan.

Board President Kathleen STRAUS, who is one of three persons required to sign the application, said she is not going to sign the application until she has had a chance to read the entire document.