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101st State House District
1:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Stobie challenges Franz on GOP's school funding record

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-101st District
Credit David Cassleman

Politicians across Michigan are arguing about the Governor’s record on education as the November election approaches.

State Democrats say Republicans cut $1 billion from schools. But Republicans are defending their record on education.

This issue is a key one in the race for the state house district that spans from Ludington to Northport.

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Student accused of bringing handgun could face expulsion

The head of Kingsley Area Schools says students and staff are doing surprisingly well one day after an 11-year-old allegedly brought a loaded handgun to school.

Superintendent Keith Smith says he’s proud of the quick response from his staff Wednesday – when another student alerted a teacher. He says word of the situation traveled quickly from the teacher to the principal.

“The weapon was in-hand within probably 90 seconds,” says Smith.

Smith says the gun was loaded with a single bullet. But it turned out the bullet did not match the caliber of the gun.

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Grand Traverse Academy
5:51 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Popular charter school overshadowed by financial mess

Credit Peter Payette

One of northern Michigan’s most successful charter schools is trying to move on from a controversy that has stretched over the summer.

Officials at Grand Traverse Academy decided last week that they will not go after the founder of the school for $1.6 million -- or at least not now.

A financial debacle has cast a shadow over the school which has grown steadily since opening in 2000. It now has around 1,200 students. That makes it nearly as large as nearby class B school districts like Kingsley or Elk Rapids.

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Michigan Education
10:46 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New legislation would switch all new Michigan teachers to 401(k)-style plans

Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) says he has not decided whether to hold a vote on the bills in subcommittee.

New legislation in the state Senate would close Michigan’s teacher retirement system to new teachers. Instead, all new teachers would get a “defined contribution” 401(k)-style plan.

Under a partial overhaul of teacher retirement approved by state lawmakers in 2012, new teachers can choose between that or a “hybrid” plan, which combines elements of a defined contribution plan and a traditional pension. The new legislation would end that choice, giving new teachers only the 401(k)-style defined contribution plan.

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Right to Work
5:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Judge: MEA must let teachers leave union at any time

A Michigan labor judge says the state’s largest teachers’ union must let members leave at any time.

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) only allows teachers to quit the union during a one-month period in August. But conservative groups say that is a violation of Michigan’s right-to-work law. They are applauding administrative law judge Julia Stern’s decision this week.

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