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Michigan Education
6:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Charter school authorizers vow to higher standards

A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools has come up with a system it says will lead to better oversight.

It’s a voluntary accreditation system that would judge authorizers based on things like transparency and efforts to turn around failing schools.

The authorizers would also shut down any charters that “consistently” rank in the bottom five percent of Michigan schools.

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Michigan Education
6:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

100 Show At Input Session On New Michigan Standardized Test

A public hearing on new standardized tests drew a standing room only crowd Wednesday in Lansing.
Credit Jake Neher / Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test… again.

More than a hundred people were in Lansing Wednesday to tell the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) what they want out of a new assessment.

MDE had already chosen the Smarter Balanced assessment three years ago. But many lawmakers were not happy with that test because it’s aligned with the controversial Common Core school standards.

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Michigan Education
5:24 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 7:07 pm

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Public Charter Schools
10:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. File photo.

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers. The meeting was intended to review the rules that are supposed to ensure charter academies are doing what they’re supposed to do.

It’s the first of two meetings this week with the entities that are supposed to hold charter schools accountable. There are very few details about what happened at this private gathering with representatives of universities, community colleges, and other charter authorizers. 

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Michigan Education
10:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Workgroup Tries To Forestall Future School District Shutdowns

Michigan state Senator Howard Walker.

A workgroup of lawmakers and educators is using the Legislature’s summer recess to try to develop an “early warning” for schools in financial trouble.

A year ago, two small Michigan school districts, Inkster and Buena Vista, were dissolved because they had run out of money.

State Senator Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) leads the workgroup. Walker says his goal is to create an “early warning” system that would allow the state to step in more quickly when a district shows signs of financial stress.

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