State superintendent predicts institutions will lose ability to charter schools
The top education official in Michigan says there's a good chance some institutions will lose their authority to create charter schools.
That statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he's ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That's if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.
State Representative David Rutledge has formally introduced a collaborative effort to address public safety, an effort at least partially in response to a rash of crimes on Washtenaw County's east side, including the killing of Eastern Michigan University student athlete Demarius Reed,
Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.
Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old.
Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.
"It really is attributable to all the hard work that the staff, students, faculty members, district supporters have really put in place to ensure the success of these students."
A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary. It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements. To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.
Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson says improvements among the class of 2015 were seen in reading, writing, science and social studies, while math proficiency stayed about the same.
"Our reading scores really stand out at 72 percent proficient," Jackson says, "and they're some of the highest in the state."
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today. It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers.
The University of Michigan's solar car team is making final plans as they look to defend their five consecutive national titles. The competition starts Saturday with a week of qualifying before the Austin to Minneapolis race gets under way.