Making the Grade

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In some Michigan communities, getting a post-secondary education feels like a distant dream.  That's why more than 50 recent college graduates are working in high schools across the state to help those students reach their goal.


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The Michigan School Aid budget is a step closer to completion.  A state legislative conference committee has approved a more than $15 billion plan that now moves to the full House and Senate.


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The 2019 school year is well underway…but Michigan superintendents are still waiting for state lawmakers to pass a final education budget. 


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Michigan lawmakers may be moving closer to a final K-12 education budget. 


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A newly renovated performing arts school in Lansing is back open for business. 



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Many Michigan teachers are returning from the Labor Day weekend with some labor issues of their own. 


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Michigan’s third graders showed slight improvement in their reading scores in the 2018 school year.  However, the gains are not enough to stave off criticism of the state’s early literacy efforts.


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Thousands of Michigan schools are starting a new year under a cloud of uncertainty as they wait for state lawmakers to hammer out the final K-12 education budget. 


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Michigan is starting a new school year with an old problem.  The state is in the midst of a chronic teacher shortage.  A report released earlier this year by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan finds  enrollment in post-secondary teacher preparation programs has fallen by two-thirds – 66 percent – since 2008.  The crisis is forcing schools to dig deeper to fill their classrooms.


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New research from Michigan State University finds between 2% and 5% of third-graders would be held back if the state's early literacy law was in effect.