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Bill Gets Tough With Michigan's Failing Schools

BY CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY • FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER
• November 21, 2008

 

The leaders of schools that chronically fail to meet federal
standards would have to give up control of those schools for five
straight years under a bill introduced Wednesday in Lansing.

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Michigan Ranks Second in U.S. for Online Learning

Two years after Michigan gained national attention as the first
state in the nation to require online learning as a requirement for
high school graduation, the state now is being recognized as second in
the nation for its online learning policy and practice.

“In a world that demands knowledge workers, we are giving our
students and our state a competitive advantage when it comes to
preparing for the 21st century economy,” said Governor Jennifer
Granholm. “This national ranking reinforces Michigan’s vision for
innovation and our commitment to use leading-edge delivery methods to
ensure our students are ready for higher education and today’s
workplace.”

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Funds Sliced, Teacher Sells Ads on Tests

Money helps pay for printing costs after budget cuts

11:40 a.m. November 22, 2008

— Kevin Change said it
was strange the first time he saw an advertisement across the bottom of
his calculus test. But now he and his classmates look for them.

“It's really interesting to see what it is each time,” said Change, 16, a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Some are pithy one-liners, hawking the names of local businesses:
“Brace Yourself for a Great Semester! Braces by Henry, Stephen P. Henry
D.M.D.”

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Three States Take on High School Reform Efforts

High School Reform is on every state's agenda.  As states look to reinvent high schools and middle schools that currently look much like the schools of 100 years ago, states are proposing drastic reforms. Here's a report on the reform efforts of three states.


high school buildingMotivating America's Students
Three States Hoping Bold School Reforms Will Lead to Positive Changes in Education

Imagine if students could choose to leave high school as early as age
16 not to drop out, but because they're ready for college or career
training.

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Online Scheduling

As I prepare to enter my second attempt at the high school scheduling process, please provide some feedback for online scheduling software.

In an attempt to reduce schedule changes and a smooth start to the school year for students, we would like to empower students and parents in the scheduling process. Online scheduling would achieve this for several reasons. Student take responsibility for their choices, time windows opened and closed by technology are concrete, demonstrates forward thinking and practice, students are tech savvy, frees counselor time for working with more complex issues, and most importantly it would be fair and consistent.