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Michigan Education
6:23 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Governor signs order to remove School Reform Office from Education Department

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder/File photo
Credit Russ Climie / Tiberius Image

Gov. Rick Snyder has taken direct control over the state office tasked with monitoring Michigan’s worst performing schools.

The elected state Board of Education previously had control over the state School Reform Office. Snyder signed an executive order on Thursday that moves the reform office to his budget office.

“Which will give us an opportunity for me to be more proactive on educational issues,” Snyder said at an unrelated event in Dearborn.

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Northwestern Michigan College
4:47 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

NMC faculty say 'yes' to union

Faculty at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City will soon begin negotiating contracts through a union. 75 percent of the faculty voted ‘yes’ to join the Michigan Education Association – the state's largest teachers' union.

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Michigan Education
1:47 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State to ramp up workforce training programs at community colleges

A state board has approved taking on debt to come up with $50 million dollars to help 18 Michigan community colleges ramp up their career and technical training, including Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City and West Shore Community College in Scottville.

Gov. Rick Snyder Snyder (R) has made career tech training a high priority. He says that’s because employers are looking for skilled workers, and most states have fallen behind in meeting the demand.

“So we’re going to keep growing in the skilled trades,” he says. “We’re going to be Number One.”

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Michigan Arts & Culture
9:20 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Leelanau County Jail art program almost a decade old

Deputy Diane Speas, inside the art room at Leelanau County Jail.
Credit Daniel Wanschura

Nearly ten years ago, the jail chaplain in Leelanau County challenged the inmates to participate in a drawing contest. It was Christmas and Leelanau County Deputy Diane Speas remembers the results of that first contest.

“We looked at them and found them just gorgeous, and decided to make them into cards," she recalls.

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Michigan Education
12:56 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmaker from Cadillac wants to allow more snow days

Michigan state Rep. Phil Potvin.

UPDATED 1:03PM

A lawmaker from Cadillac says most schools in his district have already exceeded the number of allowed weather cancelations this year.

State Representative Phil Potvin says Michigan school districts should be allowed to cancel days more often.

“So in looking ahead, trying to be prepared, I’ve looked at moving that number that we allow from six up to nine,” he says.

Schools must make up any additional canceled days at the end of the school year. Otherwise, they risk losing some state funding.

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