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Dillon Calls for Single Public Sector Health Care Program

As all levels of government feel the pinch of fewer revenues, all could benefit from cutting costs under a single, statewide public sector health care program, House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.) said Wednesday in announcing his proposal.

Mr. Dillon said annual savings of up to $900 million could be reached if every public sector employee and retiree, possibly including universities, were to be covered under a single program.

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Merit Scores Show Slight Improvement; Students Still Not Ready For College

While students are making some progress on the Michigan Merit Exam in math, social studies and writing, with the same or worse scores in other subject areas, still fewer than half of students are proficient in writing and math and, overall, scores don't reflect college readiness, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan said on Tuesday.

Writing and math scores each improved by three points this year, with 44 percent of 11th grade students scoring proficient or advanced in 2009 compared to 41 percent in 2008 and 49 percent receiving those marks in math this year compared to 46 percent last year, according to test results released by the Department of Education.

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Freshman Sports Axed at East Detroit

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
By Mitch Hotts, Macomb Daily Staff Writer

East Detroit Public Schools has been forced to eliminate one quarter of its athletic program due to budget issues, wiping out numerous freshman programs including football, soccer and baseball.

Faced with a $3.9 million budget deficit, the school board last week took action to dump freshman sports and sideline cheerleading, and will combine the Oakwood and Kelly middle school programs into one team in each sport.

The move, part of the district's deficit elimination plan, saves the Eastpointe-based district about $128,000, according to Superintendent Bruce Kefgen.

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It is time to apply for MI-LIFE Cohort 3

The MI-LIFE Program has been providing a valuable professional learning opportunity for over 500 school administrators in Michigan. Because of the success of the program and based on evaluations and feedback from those who have participated in the first two cohorts, a third cohort of MI-LIFE will be offered beginning in October 2009 through May 2010.

The program will consist of six (6) face-to-face sessions and one (1) online course with intersession assignments between the face-to-face sessions and will be conducted at seven different locations around the state.

• Wayne RESA
• Macomb ISD
• Genesee ISD
• Muskegon Area ISD
• Calhoun ISD
• Wexford-Missaukee ISD
• MEMSPA Building (Holt)