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U.S. Education Secretary Lauds Michigan's High Bar for Graduation

U.S. education secretary lauds Michigan's high bar for graduation

Karen Bouffard / The Detroit News

Washington -- Michigan's rigorous new high school requirements are on the right track, despite criticism from some in the state who say they could result in more students dropping out, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a gathering of the nation's top education reporters Thursday night.

Duncan told The Detroit News that education in Detroit will be corrected only by raising expectations the district places on students and teachers.

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Who Really Wins in “Win-Win” Bargaining?

By Peter Silveri
Labor Relations Consultant
Michigan Association of School Boards

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When I was offered to see the world’s top math schools in action – I jumped at the chance. I did, however, have to travel a little ways to do so. In the United States, only 6% of 8th-grade students reached the advanced benchmark for international mathematics standards compared to 45% for Taiwan. Taiwanese high school students earn the top spot globally, and their government offered to fly a few of us from Michigan over to share ideas. The venture was called the 2009 American Educators Project and was fully funded by the Taiwanese.

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Spokane School Tests Jamming Cell Phone Signals

A Spokane area high school is testing a cell phone jammer to block students from texting and calling.

Mt. Spokane High School recently completed a three-day test. Principal John Hook told KHQ-TV the jamming device was turned on during class time and off during passing periods and lunch hours to give students access to parents or to make important calls.

The Mead School District is checking to make sure the jammer complies with all laws before putting it into use.

School policy requires students to turn off cell phones during class periods.

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Opportunity for Michigan Educators to Travel to Nepal

Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Michigan Educators

We have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad program to bring some 15 Michigan educators to Nepal for a month this summer (June 12-July 13, 2009). We are inviting applications from K-12 teachers, school administrators and educators. The theme of the program this year is "Nepal in the Contemporary World" and teachers of world civilization, geography, civics and democracy and related social sciences would benefit the most.

Application information is available at:

Questions? Contact Murari Suvedi at suvedi@msu.edu