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Ron French, "Smartest kids: In Florida, early reading and frequent testing bring results, and pushback" : Emphasis on literacy and testing to monitor progress are credited with a rise in student learning in Florida, particularly for low-income and minority students. But some ask, how much is too much?
Mike Wilkinson, "How Michigan, Florida compare" : Florida students, including low-income students, have risen dramatically in national academic rankings while students in Michigan are being left behind.
Timothy J. Bartik, "Michigan’s pre-school program needs more money, integration" : Model programs in states like Oklahoma provide money to attract quality teachers and properly train them, an upfront investment that will pay off mightily for Michigan down the road.
Phil Power, "Detroit leaders display the art of governance" : Retiring Congressman John Dingell says his biggest accomplishments over nearly six decades in Washington were brought about by bringing people together for the public good. That same philosophy is now playing out in Detroit.
On this day in 2011, the Library of Michigan ended its service as a Regional Depository Library for the Federal Depository System. Federal Libraries in Michigan were no longer able to discard publications from their collections legally. Since that date, some have begun boxing up little used items and putting them in storage in the hope that the lack of coverage will one day be solved.
Update : Fortunately, the University of Minnesota is now our Federal Regional Depository.
For 96 summer seasons, Boblo Island delighted millions of Detroiters who arrived by a romantic steamship sail to enjoy the amusement park, concerts and rides that soared above the Detroit River.
Though privately owned, Boblo Island is open to the public. There’s no carnival midway anymore, but once you roll off the ferry, you can drive by ritzy homes and mini-manses. Park your car near the island’s restaurant and ice cream shop to walk along Boblo’s signature buildings. The island’s south end is closed to cars, but it’s a short walk along meadows and on dirt roads to a lighthouse, a restored British Army blockhouse and a sandy slip of a beach with picnic tables and a volleyball net.
For the full article, see Patricia Montemurri, "A new, upscale Boblo Island for adventuring day-trippers", Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
Boblo Island Today, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
Patricia Montemurri, What was Boblo Island before the amusement park?, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2014.
On Sept. 30, 1980, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau arrived in Detroit on his research trip, Calypso, where 5,000 people greeted him at Hart Plaza. Cousteau had just returned from Lake Superior where he was filming a series for the National Film Board of Canada. He told reporters that he was baffled by the lack of life in the lakes.
Michigan Every Day
Toledo Boy Meets Idol Cousteau; 12 year old chat with hero in Detroit, Toledo Blade, October 1, 1980.
Snyder Calls DGA Ad On Schools A ‘Lie'
In the strongest terms he has used yet, Governor Rick Snyder called a Democratic Governors Association ad attacking him for cutting school funds "hogwash" and a "lie" in comments made at a forum in Grand Rapids, the Kalamazoo Gazette Editorial Board and then at the first town hall of his campaign.
Changes Likely Coming To Medical Marijuana Bills
Bills to allow medical marijuana dispensaries and edible marijuana products have been sitting in the Senate since July with no movement, but Rep. Mike Callton said on Monday the bills are close, and changes surrounding testing, local control and labels are being discussed.
Dems Try To Turn Recordings Against Republicans
The state Democratic Party on Monday accused at least seven Republicans or Republican candidates of having an anti-woman agenda based on several recordings taken at certain public events or at office hours. The chief concern for Democrats seemed to be Republican support from at least 27 Republican lawmakers in Michigan for a "personhood" amendment in Michigan, which would define life at the moment of fertilization and could very well ban many forms of birth control such as the pill.
Consumers Approved For Natural Gas Facilities
The Public Service Commission has approved a settlement agreement granting Consumers Energy Company a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct natural gas facilities to serve new customers in Gaines Township in Kent County and Leighton Township in Allegan County.
Schuette's Office To Investigate Aramark Murder-For-Hire Incident
The state will investigate allegations that an Aramark employee may have been involved in a possible murder-for-hire attempt, Attorney General Bill Schuette said Monday.
DHS Submits Fifth MSA Report, Children's Rights Praises Corrigan
The Department of Human Services submitted its fifth report under the modified settlement agreement with Children's Rights on Monday, and it showed improvements in finalized adoptions and caseworkers completing in-service training.
Gongwer Announces Discount Price For Election App
Gongwer News Service's 2014 Michigan Elections app, the groundbreaking new tool that debuted earlier this year with essential information and analysis on this year's state and federal elections, is now available for half the original price.
Flanagan Urges Retirees, Alternative Certification To Fill Detroit Vacancies
If Detroit Public Schools needs additional teachers, it should hire professionals seeking a career change and teachers who have retired, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan said in a statement Monday. The statement was in response to a report in the Detroit Free Press that the district has more than 100 vacancies and overcrowded classrooms.
Supreme Court Candidates To Appear At Forum
The campaign is relatively sleepy compared to the usual all-out battles, but the six candidates nominated for the Supreme Court by the Democratic and Republican parties will meet for a televised candidate forum in October.
Online Want Ads Show Big Increase In August, State Says
Online want ads showed a big increase in the state during August, up by 9.5 percent, figures by Michigan's Labor Market Information division.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 191, September 29, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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