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Brett DeGroff
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Public funds for private schools
The state budget which went into effect October 1 allocates $2.5 million to fund private schools.  Regardless of whether this is a wise policy choice, it clearly violates the Michigan Constitution. Governor Snyder recognize the dubious legality of the measu...

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SBE adopts voluntary guidlines to support LGBTQ students
The State Board of Education adopted voluntary guidelines aimed at creating a supportive environment for LGBTQ students on September 14.  A 2015 survey found that 8.4 percent of Michigan students identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.  Those students were m...

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"Read or Flunk" is law
Lawmakers have been pursuing a third-grade reading retention bill, also called "read or flunk" by some, for years.  It has finally become law. Governor Snyder signed the legislation Oct. 6.  The new law will require schools to hold back third graders who ar...

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"Read or Flunk" is back
In 2013 we wrote quite a lot about a package of bills which proponents called "third grade reading retention" bills and critics called "read or flunk."  The gist of the legislation is that third graders would have to pass a standardized reading test or they...

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Guns in schools
A recent push to change gun laws in Michigan is being presented as a compromise, but has also been characterized as a manufactured crisis meant to leverage a pro-gun position. The current state of the law in Michigan is that holders of a concealed carry lic...

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M-STEP and opting out
Michigan has a new standardized test this year--the M-STEP.  There is a lot to be said about standardized testing and the high-stakes associated with it.  We hope to talk to you more about that in the future.  For now, since M-STEP testing is nearly upon us...

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Mitchell Robinson - Pull the plug on standardized testing.
By Mitchell Robinson As a parent, I sit down and talk to my children's teachers
at least twice per year at parent-teacher conferences about their work in
school, and receive regular updates about their academic, social and musical
development. Mitchell Robi...

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Governor Snyder removes School Reform Office from Department of Education
Quickly after the idea was floated to political insider publications, Governor Snyder signed an executive order which will remove Michigan's School Reform Office from the Department of Education.  The constitutionality of the order has been publicly debated...

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Prop 1 - We Recommend You Vote "Yes"
On May 5 Michigan voters will make a decision on whether to increase education, municipal and road funding with a 1 percent increase in the state's sales tax.  Okemos Parents for Schools recommend you vote "yes." Finding new funding for road repair has been...

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Lame Duck wrap up
All in all, the lame duck session couldn't have been expected to go much better for K-12 education.  Road funding, which was threatening to suck catastrophic amounts of money from K-12 education ended up with a compromise which may result in significant add...
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