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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)

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School Administrators Cut Own Pay

June 26, 2009
BY GINA DAMRON
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Southfield Public Schools administrators are voluntarily taking salary reductions in light of the district's budget deficits, Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson announced Thursday.

More than 60 members of the district's administrative team will take 2% pay cuts, including Cook-Robinson, central office staff members, principals and assistant principals, she said at a news conference.

The concessions by administrators -- which come as the district faces a more than $5-million operational deficit going into the 2009-10 fiscal year -- amount to about $225,000 in savings.

The cuts will allow the district to save two administrative jobs.

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School Official Predicts Kalkaska II

If any single event triggered the creation of the school-funding ballot measure Proposal A in the mid-1990s, it was the boarding up of the tiny Kalkaska school system in Northern Michigan.

In 1993, unable to pass a local operating mileage, the district continued to operate until it ran out of money and then it produced nationwide headlines by closing.

Is there a Kalkaska II sitting out there today?

If you ask the lobbyist for the Middle Cities School Association (MCSA) the answer is a resounding yes. With the Senate Republicans passing a Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget that cuts districts by $100 per pupil, school officials are becoming increasingly concerned about their futures.