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.
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.
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.
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.