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Dropping your child off at day care or seeing them onto the school bus can be difficult — but what are your plans if the unthinkable happens?
Twenty-one states, including Michigan, do not meet emergency planning standards for schools and child care providers, according to a new report from Save the Children. However, for the first time this year, more than half of states — 29 — reach the non-governmental disaster relief organization’s standards in its laws and regulations.
In an accompanying poll, Save the Children found that 69% of parents mistakenly believe their protections are in place.
For the full article, see Lindsay Deutsch, "21 states don't meet emergency prep standards for kids, report says", Detroit Free Press, September 2, 2014.
Healthier lunches full of leafy greens and whole grains will again be on menus in districts across Michigan when school opens Tuesday.
But school officials say it’s a tough balancing act.
Two years after new federal guidelines went into effect, districts are struggling to meet the nutritional standards because of higher food costs and shrinking revenue.
A recent survey taken during the School Nutrition Association’s annual national conference showed nearly a quarter of responding meal programs operated at a net loss for more than six months, as students turned up their noses at the more nutritious offerings.
For the full article, see Shawn D. Lewis, "Students give nutritious school lunches low grades", Detroit News, September 2, 2014.
It’s the first day of school for most of Michigan’s 1.56 million public school students, who are returning to classrooms where many will face academic changes, new technology and other challenges.
This fall, e-books are replacing traditional textbooks for students in Southfield Public Schools, where the district spent $3.5 million in e-books, instructional materials and technology upgrades.
E-books are expected to provide students with online access to curriculum and support materials such as videos, discussion threads, interactive mapping modules for social studies, and a proofreading program designed to improve writing by providing multiple revisions of assignments, district officials said.
Superintendent Lynda Wood said students are wired for technology, having grown up with it at home and all around them.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140902/SCHOOLS/309020028#ixzz3CABtYFJh
For the full article, see Jennifer Chambers, "Michigan students and schools wired for e-learning", Detroit News, September 2, 2014.
Mary Livingston of Manistique became one of the first women U.S. Air Force jet pilots in a ceremony at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona.
Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
First Women Pilots in Air Force, U.S. Air Force website.
Dan MacGowen, "Female 'flyboys 'win 'em over", Arizona Republic, August 25, 1977.
Women Military Pilot Candidates Few, Ellensberg Daily Record, August 31, 1977.
Zlati Meyer, "Upper Peninsula Michigan woman recalls being among the first female Air Force pilots", Detroit Free Press, September 15, 2012.
Detroit marked Japan’s surrender in World War II on Sept. 2, 1945, with a speech by native son turned U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy at Cadillac Square.
“Unless we cleanse our hearts of hate — racial and religious — this war will only be half won,” he told the estimated 5,000 people gathered. “We still have to stand guard against those in our midst who have been nurtured on the myths of the superior and inferior races and who practice discrimination against fellow Americans because of the color of their skin.”
He also praised Detroit’s key role in the war effort: “So few of us knew the might of the contribution this city made. Those in the factories here have given of their flesh and blood to make this the most powerful city in the world. How powerful it is can be seen in the fact that more planes and tanks were made in Detroit than by both Germany and Japan put together.”
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Justice praises Detroit's role in World War II", Detroit Free Press, September 1, 2013.
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