The $2 million in consolidation grants in the current budget were split among seven grants to six intermediate districts, the Department of Education announced Friday.
The largest grant, $751,250, went to Kent ISD for at-risk and early reading programs.
The next largest, $454,244, went to Ingham ISD for an academic early warning system. The Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD ($171,923), Genesee ISD ($192,000) and Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Education Service District ($403,700) also received grants for early warning systems.
Ingham also received $11,012 (of the $400,693 it had requested) for instructional data and early reading programs.
Jackson ISD saw $15,871 (of $577,500 requested) for a data warehouse and for assessments.
For more information, see "School Consolidated Grants Awarded to Support Seven Projects Statewide", Michigan Newswire, May 22, 2015.
Budget: Hospital Payment To Rise, Maxey To Close
The final significant issues in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget are nearly resolved with legislators and the Snyder administration agreeing to two major changes - an increase in what hospitals pay to supplement Medicaid and the closure of the W.J. Maxey Training School for juvenile delinquents.
Results Mixed On Highland Park, Muskegon Heights Charter Experiment
The school districts in Highland Park and Muskegon Heights have both been operating as charter districts for the past three school years, but the results of the changes are still unclear.
Nofs Plan Ties Clean Energy Standard To Fed Requirements
Sen. Mike Nofs hopes to introduce his energy proposal after the Legislature works its way through the budget next week, and among the provisions will be a clean energy goal linked directly to the to-be-determined national carbon emissions standards.
Hildenbrand Takes New Angle On Budget
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand will have a busy week next week as legislators from the House and Senate meet in conference committees over the budget for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year, though a slight change in process should mean less hands-on involvement as far as formal public meetings.
U.S. Court Finds Warden Could Be Held Liable For Prisoner Suffering
A court could find a Michigan prison warden liable for violating the rights of a prisoner, who had a double-amputation and was suffering from MRSA, for having the prisoner held in a cell without proper toilet facilities and without providing adequate care for her medical needs.
Preliminary Exam Set For Smith
A preliminary examination has been scheduled for Sen. Virgil Smith for June 12 after he appeared in front of 36th District Judge Michael Wagner Friday morning for a probable cause hearing.
Two Great Lakes States Have Higher Unemployment Rates Than Michigan
Illinois and New York had higher jobless rates in April than did Michigan, and the state tied with Wisconsin for the lowest rate drop during the month.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 102, May 22, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
In its 2014 "Teaching the Movement" report, the Southern Poverty Law Center gave Michigan a 15% out of a possible 100% (that equates to an F) for its official guidance to teachers on lessons about the civil rights movement. That's up from 13% in the center's first report in 2011, but the state's suggested content "does not provide the kind of historical context and study of opposition that students need to fully understand the movement," the report said.
Some Michigan districts already are embracing the issue. Battle Creek Public Schools, for example, last year launched a joint high school class on social justice with neighboring Lakeview School District. The class was spurred by a massive multi-district march through downtown Battle Creek to protest negative comments about BCPS students.
But for many schools, civil rights is one of many subjects fallen to the wayside as teachers are required to focus more on reading and math to pass standardized tests, said Barry Checkoway, director of U-M student group. His students helped craft a resolution supporting civil rights education that the Civil Rights Commission passed in January.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "After failing grade, state revamps civil rights lessons", Lansing State Journal, May 22, 2015.
Aramark Correctional Services, the prison food contractor that faced a barrage of complaints in its first year on the job, is now seeking a possible increase in its $145-million state contract, an official said Thursday.
So, the state has invited a competitor, Florida-based Trinity Services Group, in as part of a "benchmarking review," to look at food service costs.
Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which oversees the Aramark contract, confirmed that Trinity representatives have been touring kitchens in Michigan prisons.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Prison food contractor Aramark wants a raise", Detroit Free Press, May 22, 2015.
Tom Watkins, "It’s Time to Open our Minds and End Stigma in Michigan" : May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Jack Lessenberry, "Big Money Wins on These Issues" : Do Michigan lawmakers care about the people they represent?
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