Kramer: Leading States Show Michigan Path for Improvement

The following excerpt was posted at Crain’s Detroit Business on Sunday, December 13. The full article is available here.

When it comes to failing African-American students, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Saginaw and Ypsilanti schools are all worse — yes, worse — in performance than Detroit Public Schools. Detroit’s worst schools were spun into the EAA. So where are the protests in those cities?

A report released last week puts Michigan at nearly the bottom in the nation in the academic performance of African-American students. Just 10 percent of Michigan’s African-American students taking the test were hitting proficiency marks in fourth-grade math, 9 percent in fourth-grade reading, 5 percent in eighth-grade math, and 9 percent in eighth-grade reading. Read More.

Report: Michigan’s school funding cuts among deepest nationwide

The following excerpt was posted at Michigan Radio on Thursday, December 10. The full post is available here.

new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ranks Michigan 12th worst in the country when it comes to education funding cuts.

The report says Michigan has cut per-pupil K-12 funding by 7.5 percent since 2008. Read More.

 No Child Left Behind Replaced

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed a reauthorization and update of our nation’s major K-12 education law – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This update, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, replaces the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. Read More.

Capitol Update

This is the last week that the legislature will be in session for 2015. Lawmakers return to Lansing on January 13, 2016. There are not currently any education-related committee hearings scheduled for this week.

Upcoming Meetings
State Board of Education. Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30am. Ladislaus B. Dombrowski Board Room, Fourth Floor, Hannah Building. The agenda will be available here.

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