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It's Financial Aid Week here at the NPR Ed Team (not really, but it sure feels like it). And we're kicking things off with a nostalgia nugget for all you children of the '80s.

The old G.I. Joe animated series famously ended with the phrase, "Now I know! And knowing is half the battle."

It's a catchy line and, it turns out, eerily relevant when it comes to high school seniors debating their college options.

State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $400 million dollar budget hole.

The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund.  Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments.

Bitter cold weather and snow continues to cause Michigan schools to cancel days.

Many Michigan school districts have already called off classes for six or more days. That’s the limit on how many days schools can close without tacking on extra time at the end of the school year.

How We Talk About Our Teachers

Feb 23, 2015

Male professors are far more likely to be considered "smart" or "brilliant" by their students, according to an analysis of reviews from the website Rate My Professor.

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On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Eastern Michigan University's Yichun Xie to integrate geographic information systems and technology (GIS/T) mapping and analysis applications designed to strengthen abilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

“It’s another way of making government much more efficient,” said state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren. “It saves people in lines at secretary of state offices. It saves more correspondence going to the secretary of state’s office. It makes it a much easier process.”

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Eastern Michigan University

Martin Shichtman, professor of English language and literature at Easter Michigan University, recently won the Michigan Council for the Social Studies College Educator of the Year award for developing a summer Holocaust seminar for teachers. 

There has been plenty of reaction to Michigan governor Rick Snyder's 2015 'State of the State' address.   

Michigan high school juniors will take the SAT instead of the ACT starting in spring 2016. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced the switch on Wednesday.

The state has provided a free college entrance exam for eleventh graders on the state’s standardized test for several years.

The College Board – the company that administers the SAT – won a three-year, $17.1 million contract.

MDE spokesperson Martin Ackley says the SAT will be a better test that will save the state money.

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Great programs, district-wide, give parents plenty of choices.

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University of Michigan study shows bellicose metaphors are a detriment to treating cancer.

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The generous donation will go, in part, to study how democracies emerge from authoritarian rule.

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Whitmore Lake considers Dexter Community as a new annexation partner.

Eastern Michigan University

A former Eastern Michigan University professor and the co-founder of an Ann Arbor based business will be joining EMU's Board of Regents.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools families likely can put down the pen and paper when they go to register for next school year. 


Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.

Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

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An Eastern Michigan University professor is doing research designed to help prevent the sort of power failure that affected Detroit Tuesday afternoon.

 

Dr. Samir Tout is with the EMU School of Information Security.

He worked with researchers at the University of Michigan and the Merit Network to secure a grant from the National Science Foundation.
 

  "To study, basically, anomalies that may potentially happen in the power grid such as the one took place today," Dr. Tout says.

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Social media is a valuable marketing tool for businesses, and expertise in the field is a highly sought after commodity.  Eastern Michigan University's new Center for Digital Engagement is taking students and clients to new online heights.


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Next month Eastern Michigan University's Regents will review the school's connection to the Education Achievement Authority created to turn around the state's worst schools.  Student government wants the university to cut ties with the EAA.


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Eastern Michigan University is being recognized for its continuing efforts to prevent suicide and promote mental health.

 

The recognition comes in the form of a federal grant.

EMU is getting a three year, $300-thousand grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

EMU Won't Renew Inkster School's Charter In 2015

Nov 5, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University won't renew its charter with an academy in Inkster when it expires in June.  The university says the decision not to renew Gaudior Academy's charter stems from concerns about the school's effectiveness as a public school academy.

Malverne Winborne directs EMU's Charter Schools Office

Ann Arbor District Library

Technology associated with libraries is constantly changing, but  one thing remains constant: Ann Arbor District Library ranks among the best library systems in the country.

For the seventh straight year, the library system has earned a five-star ranking in the Library Journal's yearly Index of Public Library Services. 

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Jazz Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Join us for a 5:01 pm celebration of music and fun at Rush Street.  We will return to Rush Street, 314 South Main between Liberty and William Streets in Ann Arbor.  

 

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