Michigan Education


Michigan Education
9:54 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Therapy dogs easing MSU student stress during final exam week

Therapy dogs are helping to ease MSU students stress during final exam week with a little "heavy petting" in 2 of the university's libraries.

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:45 pm

Therapy dogs are helping Michigan State University students take a break this week while they study for their final exams. 

The dogs are available to students at two of the libraries on campus where some students practically live during finals week.

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Michigan Education
6:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MSU begins work on key part of FRIB project

A workers guides a pipe to spread concrete to form part of the base of the $730 million dollar Facility for Rare Isotope beams at MSU

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:09 pm

It’s a cold day in East Lansing, but many are braving the cold to catch a glimpse of the next major step in a $730 million nuclear physics project. 

Over the next day or so, truckload after truckload of concrete is being poured into a deep pit on the Michigan State University’s campus.

At the bottom of the 65-foot-deep trench, the concrete will form an 8-foot slab that will support a key portion of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.    

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7:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

The polarizing debate over the EAA

The Education Achievement Authority has been the center of controversy since its doors first opened. The idea was to create a statewide school district to take over and turn around failing schools. The EAA is now in its third year, operating schools, all in Detroit, and it remains a polarizing subject in Michigan.

Michigan isn’t the only state where policymakers have created statewide school systems to turn around their worst-performing public schools. Tennessee and Louisiana have “Recovery School Districts,” or RSDs, similar to Michigan’s EAA. Nelson Smith has been studying these state turnaround systems for the Thomas Fordham Institute. His most recent report is called “Redefining the School District in Michigan”. Dan Varner serves on the State Board of Education. He’s also the head of an organization called Excellent Schools Detroit, which is seeking ways to make school choice work better in Detroit.

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Michigan Education
5:59 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State’s top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor’s race.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he has increased education funding every year he has been in office. He includes money that went to shore up teacher pension funds. Democratic nominee Mark Schauer says Snyder has cut funding by about $1 billion.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he is not interested in getting involved in the debate this close to the election.

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Michigan Football
1:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

University Of Michigan Coach Under Fire For Playing Injured Quarterback

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:14 pm

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