Search Result for: Michigan


Calls for Consolidation in michigan Reveal Many Issues

...ed on trying to get school districts, especially large districts, to enter cost-sharing agreements. michigan also has a proposal out to provide grant funds to districts to offset some of the costs of developing shared-service arrangements or consolidating. Those seem noteworthy shifts in state policy emphases. The situation in michigan particularly caught our attention. It’s not so much that the incentive proposal is especially unusual. Nor is it the fact that a widely-touted michigan Sta...
Date: 2010-09-28

michigan State Board of Education Advises Districts to Revisit Zero-Tolerance Policies

...ghlights some of the issues in the national conversation about school discipline. The eight-member michigan State Board of Education has voted 7-1 to advise school districts in the state to revise zero-tolerance and other discipline polices that exclude students from the educational process. The resolution asks districts to "adopt discipline policies without mandated suspension or expulsion for issues that do not involve weapons." The resolution, which is advisory only, specificall...
Date: 2012-06-26

RPM Special Edition on School Violence:Summary of Patterns in the Incidents

...ipline unfairly. The nation’s most deadly school violence incident occurred in 1927 in Bath, michigan, when a school board member bombed the Bath Consolidated School, killing 45 people, including 38 children. The first mass shooting in an American K–12 school occurred in 1974 when a 17-year-old senior entered his high school in Olean, New York, over the Christmas break and fired randomly onto the street below, killing three and injuring 11. Major patterns We found accounts of inc...
Date: 2013-03-27

All Children are Equal Act (H.R. 2485) to be Considered by the House Education and the Workforce Committee

... David P. Roe, Tennessee Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania Tim Walberg, michigan Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee Richard Hanna, New York Todd Rokita, Indiana Larry Bucshon, Indiana Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania Kristi Noem, South Dakota Martha Roby, Alabama Joe Heck, Nevada Dennis Ross, Florida Mike Kelly, P...
Date: 2011-11-29

Anything But Research-based: State Initiatives to Consolidate Schools and Districts

...g four years of math instead of three. A number of states including Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, michigan, New Mexico, and Ohio have raised or are considering raising graduation requirements; not all states are giving equal consideration to providing additional funding to meet those standards. These requirements can stress low-wealth schools and districts in additional ways. For example, raising the number of math and science courses required for graduation increases the demand for certified ...
Date: 2006-03-06

Consolidation Watch: State Policies on an Important Rural Issue

...e following group of articles examines current consolidation news in South Dakota, Texas, Iowa, and michigan. South Dakota Candidates Speak Out Against Consolidation Candidates for governor of South Dakota have spoken out against a state law that forces small districts to consolidate.... Texas Proposal Rewards District Cost-Sharing Texas districts could receive a portion of their savings if they agree to share services.... Iowa Losing Rural School Districts In the face of budget cuts and f...
Date: 2010-09-29

Consolidation Watch: State Policies on an Important Rural Issue

...This article appeared in the October 2010 Rural Policy Matters. michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s state budget recommendation to set aside $50 million for a competitive grant program to encourage consolidation and cost-sharing was denied by the legislature. Despite the controversy around studies on both sides of the issue, the Grand Rapids Press takes the michigan Legislature to task over its decision and continues to cite the same cost savings estimates that have since been discredi...
Date: 2010-10-27

Districts Headed by African-American Superintendents Lose Funding to Number-Weighting

...ong African American-led Rural 900 districts was the $300 loss suffered by Covert Public Schools in michigan, with a student poverty rate of 48%. Among states, the hardest hit by number weighting was Mississippi, where 36 Rural 900 districts led by African Americans lost $2.8 million to number weighting. The average poverty rate in these districts is 44%. Among all 170 rural and small town districts headed by an African American (whether in the Rural 900 or not), losses due to number weig...
Date: 2010-08-26

Formula Fairness Campaign Continues to Grow

...ciation, California Small Districts Association, Center for Rural Affairs, Challenge West Virginia, michigan Small and Rural Schools Association, Minnesota Rural Education, Association, Missouri Association of Rural Education, Montana Small Schools Alliance, National Alliance of Black School Educators, National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition, North Carolina Rural Education Working Group, Organizations Concerned about Rural Education, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, Rural...
Date: 2011-01-25

Formula Fairness Campaign Gains Three New Sponsors

...nsas Rural Education Association, California Small Districts Association, Center for Rural Affairs, michigan Small and Rural Schools Association, Missouri Association of Rural Education, Montana Small Schools Alliance, National Alliance of Black School Educators, National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition, North Carolina Rural Education Working Group, Organizations Concerned about Rural Education, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, Rural Community Alliance, Rural School and Co...
Date: 2010-12-22

i3 Awards Don't Reach Many High-Needs Rural Districts

...among major inner city school districts. (Note: poverty rates in small urban districts, like Flint, michigan; Rochester, New York; and Laredo, Texas are actually higher than the rate in major inner city districts). Four more R900 states had an i3 project that did plan to serve rural areas, but no R900 districts. Eight percent of all R900 students live in those four states; they have a combined poverty rate of 34%, about the rate of Philadelphia. In all, only six i3 winners named R900 districts...
Date: 2010-10-26

NCLB Lawsuit Remains Dismissed

...in place. School Dist. of the City of Pontiac v. Spellings was brought by plaintiff districts from michigan, Texas, and Vermont, and included Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in rural Vermont. Those plaintiffs, along with ten NEA affiliate organizations, claimed that the federal education law clearly stated that it does not require states to incur any costs for the Act not paid for by the federal government. The plaintiffs claimed that federal funding shortfalls left states and districts res...
Date: 2010-06-25

Obama and the Rural Vote

...ncluding much of Northern New England, the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, the Upper Peninsula of michigan, and some of the poorest vestiges of coalfield poverty in places like McDowell County, West Virginia. Can’t picture this map? Take a look. Oops, my mistake. That’s not a map of the rural counties that voted for Obama. That’s a map of the 800 rural school districts with the highest poverty rates. Well, never mind. It’s pretty much the same map. If you want ...
Date: 2008-12-03

Paying Teachers for Performance: Issues and Dilemmas for Rural Schools, Teacher Tenure

... altering teacher employment law: www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/year1/measures/house/ michigan www.michigan.gov/documents/teachtenact_12579_7.pdf Minnesota HB 945 and SF636: www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/sessiondaily.asp?storyid=2548 New Jersey A 3947, binding arbitration for school employees www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A4000/3947_I1.HTM Ohio SB5, which altered most law affecting public employees, including teachers: www.legislat...
Date: 2011-07-29

Poverty Rates Unchanged for Rural Children

...ew Jersey, New Mexico, and West Virginia and decreased in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, and Wyoming. At 34.0% Mississippi had the highest children poverty rate, followed by New Mexico at 31.2%. Racial/ethnic disparity Poverty has historically varied dramatically by race-ethnicity. These variations persist in 2013 data. “Cause for Optimism?” reports that Asian children face the least likelihood of living in poverty, with a rate of 1...
Date: 2014-09-24