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Graduation/Dropout Review and Comment Application Release

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Graduation/Dropout Review and Comment Application (GAD) is scheduled to be released in early April 2008 to give districts and schools/facilities the opportunity to review their 2007 cohort of students and make requests for minimal changes. Districts will have four weeks after the application opens to do the following:

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What Some See As The Goal of MI’s 21st Century Schools

There seems to be little support for Governor Granholm’s education initiative, MI’s 21st Century Schools. Click here for a summary of this initiative as first proposed. The way it’s developed, for many, there is not a lot to like.

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The Leadership Limbo

This article from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation explores the relationships, and often the conflicts, between school reform and teacher union contracts. Cover photo of Leadership Limbo

By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli


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Lansing Update — Budget Threatened by Revenue Shortage

Governor GranholmThe Executive Budget presented by Governor Jennifer Granholm just last month may already be in trouble, but the problem at this point is not a repeat of last year’s budget impasse between the Executive Office and the Legislature. This time, as it was going into last year’s budget debacle, the issue is again money—or, more specifically, the lack thereof.