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KUIPERS DROPS NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS BILLS

Sen. Wayne Kuipers said Thursday that he is no longer pursuing bills that would allow creation of neighborhood public schools where a majority of parents and teachers agree to split the school away from the home district.

Mr. Kuipers (R-Holland) said he instead is backing revised versions of bills sponsored by Sen. Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit) that would allow high-quality charter school authorizers to charter additional schools.

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FLANAGAN: GO BIG OR GO HOME ON RACE TO THE TOP REFORMS

November 12, 2009

While the U.S. Department of Education this week finalized guidelines for Race to the Top grants, Michigan has to surpass the level of expectation for education reforms in order to be competitive enough to qualify, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan told lawmakers on Thursday.

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MASSP Response to MDE - EXPLORE

November 10, 2009

Dr. Joseph Martineau
Michigan Department of Education

Joseph,

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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.