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Chamber Gives MI Education a B

REPORT: MICHIGAN JUST TOPS C IN EDUCATION INNOVATION

Michigan earned a C for educational structures that promote innovation, according to a report card issued Monday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Center for American Progress and the American Enterprise Institute.

The report card looked at a variety of criteria the groups said would promote educational improvement and change. Among those criteria, Michigan ranked first in preparing students for higher education and 49th in providing and using data.

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State Policy Makers Look at Lifting Charter Cap

DETROIT, MI (Michigan Radio) - More charter schools could be allowed to open in Michigan, under legislation before the state Senate.

It's partly an effort to help the state qualify for a share of more than $4 billion in federal education reform money. Expanding the number of high-quality charter schools is one of the conditions the Obama administration has put on qualifying for the aid.

Chuck Wilbur is Governor Granholm's education policy advisor. He says the administration is interested in finding ways to do that.

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SECOND VOTE ON PROMISE GRANT LOOMING

Although lawmakers may have faced a controversial vote wiping out funding for the Promise Grant in the completed 2009-10 higher education budget, at some point they will have to face another vote related to the issue.

That's because in order for the general fund to be balanced through the use of the college scholarship money legislators will have to vote on a bill transferring $140 million in the Merit Award Trust Fund to the state's main checking account.

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2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica

The application is now available for the 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica, a fully-funded professional development program for U.S. educators. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities.

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MRA Past President's Legacy Fund (PPLF) Grants for MRA Annual Conference

PPLF is offering two grants for their MRA Annual Conference.
See that Attached flyer below for more information.