education

Classroom
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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 


Reading
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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 


Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Public School District is taking additional steps to address parent and student concerns about immigration.

There's an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master's degrees out there more affordable.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, says the class of 2018 can get a master's degree in supply chain management with tens of thousands in savings. The university's normal price runs upwards of $67,000 for the current academic year.

Michigan School Reform Office
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

As the state School Reform Office moves closer to potentially closing multiple schools across Michigan, a bill ending the law is being hotly debated in the Legislature.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Those are just a few of the issues addressed in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess. The recommendations come from a group called SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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They're rare on college campuses around Michigan, but a couple of Eastern Michigan University students are traveling around the Ypsilanti campus on a "Moto Uni."  It's a one-wheeled, Segway-like machine that costs up to $1700 and takes several days to learn to ride.  I spoke with EMU seniors Daniel Larson and Kyle Wickham about their experiences riding them on campus and around town. 

  

No Guns
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The state Court of Appeals says the state’s preemption of local firearms ordinances does not apply to schools.  The court upheld the Ann Arbor public schools ban on guns on school property. The ban was challenged by a gun rights group and a parent with a concealed pistol permit. 

James Williams
Haley Moraniec

The holidays are meant to be a happy time, but that is not always the case for many people living in our area.


Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Race and diversity are issues on college campuses across the country. Eastern Michigan University is no exception. We address a variety of related topics with EMU President, Dr. James Smith. 


The young women in this story have labels. Three labels: Single, mother, college student. They're raising a child and getting an education — three of the 2.6 million unmarried parents attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Getting a degree is hard enough for anyone, but these students face extra challenges. And when it comes to helping out with their needs, Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., is considered one of the best in the country.

Heather Neff
Eastern Michigan University

In light of the recent unrest being felt at college campuses all over the country, Eastern Michigan University is having an event featuring several speakers to address the current campus climate.  The goal is to create a culture that embraces diversity and social justice. I spoke to Dr. Heather Neff, director of the McNair scholars program and EMU professor of English, about what her message will be. 

University of Michigan
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A University of Michigan symposium is planned today in honor of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.  Meanwhile, students at U of M are planning a "campus walkout" around the same time.


When the Obama administration announced last year that it would overhaul the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, prospective college students (and their parents) cheered.

"Today, we're lending a hand to millions of high school students who want to go to college and who've worked hard," said Arne Duncan, who was at that time U.S. secretary of education. "We're announcing an easier, earlier FAFSA."

And it is both.

There's been lots of chatter on social media and among pundits, warning that the treatment of immigrant kids and English language learners is going to "get worse" under a Donald Trump presidency.

Some people on Twitter are even monitoring incidents in which Latino students in particular have been targeted.

But I wonder: When were these students not targeted? When did immigrant students and their families ever have it easy?

We've always been a hands-on, DIY kind of nation. Ben Franklin didn't just invent the lightning rod. His creations include bifocals, swim fins, the catheter, innovative stoves and more.

Franklin, who was largely self-taught, may have been a genius, but he wasn't really an outlier when it comes to American making and tinkering.

Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Three students who protested after racist graffiti was found on buildings at Eastern Michigan University are now facing discipline for continuing a peaceful sit-in at a student center after it closed for the evening.

Students need many things, from visionary principals to sharp pencils. Somewhere near the top of that list should be these two words:

Black teachers.

As of 2012, 16 percent of public school students were African-American, while just 7 percent of teachers were black. To make matters worse, according to the U.S. Department of Education, black teachers are leaving their classrooms at a higher rate than any other group.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A protest was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University as a result of the racist graffiti that was found on campus Monday. 

 

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

After another racist graffiti message was found on a wall at Eastern Michigan University, a new approach will be used to address the issue. 
 


There are rating systems for hospitals, nursing homes and doctors. So why is it so hard to compare providers of child care?

Part of the reason is that there are no nationally agreed-upon standards for what determines the quality of child care. The standards that do exist are formulated in each state, and they vary widely.

For example, some states require that child care workers have a teaching certificate. Others require certain college courses. Some have strict ratios of how many caregivers are required per child.

How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed

Nov 1, 2016

Every day at Weiner Elementary School starts with a dance party, usually to Best Day Of My Life by American Authors — and that's before the 7:50 a.m. bell even rings.

Then comes the morning assembly, where all 121 students and the staff gather for 20 minutes in the cafeteria of the school in Weiner, Ark. They sing songs and learn about an artist, a musician and an international city of the week.

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