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Detroit Public Schools

Governor Rick Snyder today (Mon.) outlined his plan to rescueDetroit Public Schools from crushing debt and dismal academic results.The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would overseeeducation and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only tocollect taxes and pay down debt. 

But as Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, thegovernor faces what could be the toughest sales job of his tenure to tryto win legislative support for the plan. 

Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded.

The city wants to redraw the zones in a way that would send kids from this predominantly white school to a nearby school where enrollment is over 90 percent black and Hispanic and which draws many of its students from a public housing project. Some parents on both sides of the line balked.

A hidden chemistry lab was unearthed by a worker doing renovations to the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and school officials say the room is directly linked to the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, who helped design the building.

The "chemical hearth," which dates back to the 1820s, is thought to be one of the few remaining in the world. It featured two sources of heat for conducting experiments and a system for pulling out fumes.

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school.

In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they've been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America.

Small town doesn't quite describe Bethune, Colo. It spans just 0.2 square miles and has a population of 237. There's a post office, but it's open only part time. There's not a single restaurant, and the closest big store is in Kansas.

That didn't stop Ailyn Marfil from moving to Bethune a couple of months ago. In fact, she thinks it's a pretty exciting place to live. "I was looking for speed and action, and so Bethune gave me speed and action. More than I expected," she says.

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Eastern Michigan University students took action to repair a pride flag on campus after vandals destroyed the display Tuesday night.


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The big game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will take place this Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  The rivalry between these two schools is no secret.  So students at U of M are protecting something very important to them on campus. 


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Michigan education officials are moving ahead with plans to improve teacher evaluations statewide.  Jake Neher has the story.


Lost Voices, Black Lives Matter
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU / Eastern Michigan University

Football fans around the country been cheering on and celebrating the student athletes, each cheering on their own team. 

But, the thing that we all have in common is a heavy heart  from yet another deadly school shooting, the latest of which took place in Oregon. Today we'd like to introduce you to two Eastern Michigan University students who have brought positive national attention to the school by sending out an impassioned, important, and highly emotional message.

College students and university employees are being warned to keep an eye out for phishing scams and other bogus e-mails. Fraudsters often target academic institutions during the fall with online scams and bogus e-mails to try to trick people into giving up personal information.

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Eastern Michigan University hosted a public informational session on Dating and Sexual Violence called "Got Consent?"  They invited Washtenaw County assistant prosecutors Arianne Slay and Mark Kneisel to discuss how the criminal justice system operates and the role victims play in police investigations.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 


Days after negotiators struck a new deal that paused a strike, Seattle's teachers voted Sunday night to ratify the new contract. For the Seattle school district's 53,000 students, the strike had delayed the start of the school year by six days.

As the old contract expired, Seattle's teachers hadn't received a state-funded cost of living raise in six years. Under the latest deal, teachers' base pay will rise 3 percent this year, 2 percent in 2016, and 4.5 percent in 2017.

From Seattle, Kyle Stokes of member station KPLU reports:

The development of better, affordable housing. It's not just about where people live. A new foundational grant and programs that Eastern Michigan University are involved in.

We talk with Russ Olwell, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at EMU and Zac Fosler, the Executive Director of the Housing Comission about efforts in Ypsilanti to secure and ensure there's affordable housing options.


Nick Azzaro, Ypsilanti Community Schools

More than 800 Ypsilanti Community Schools students will receive brand new tablets to use this school year, for free. 

Every student at Washtenaw International Middle School and 600 at Ypsi Community Middle School will have a new Samsung tablet and 24/7 internet access through the academic year.

Yen Azzaro is with the district:

“They’re really going to be on the cutting edge of using classroom software that hasn’t been used in a widespread fashion in the past. So we will be models for other schools that are looking to do similar programs.” 

President Obama has been talking about creating a Consumer Reports-style college ratings system for more than a year. But the effort seemed to get bogged down in politics and a debate over what metrics to include.

Well, in a Saturday surprise, Obama unveiled his new College Scorecard this morning.

"You'll be able to see how much each school's graduates earn, how much debt they graduate with, and what percentage of a school's students can pay back their loans," the president said in his weekly address.

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That’s the advice of University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel who spoke to me in his office as he begins his second academic year as the 14th president of the University of Michigan. 

Although Football is often on the minds of University of Michigan students and alumni President Mark Schlissel says while athletics is part of their community it is not their mission.

Going to college today is a very different experience than it once was. The cost has soared, and the great recession cut into many of the assets that were supposed to pay for it. This week, All Things Considered is talking with young people — and in some cases their parents — about the value of school and about their choice of what kind of college to attend.

There's a lot of evidence that the meals school cafeterias are serving have gotten healthier since new federal nutrition standards were rolled out.

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Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is pushing for changes in the state's special education system.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools students are back in school starting today.

Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Around 100 volunteers showed up this morning at eight Ypsilanti Community Schools to cheer students on as the new school year began. 


Classrooom
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It's a time of many changes for students, their families and communities with the start of classes in most of Michigan.

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