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The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an initiative to protect hunting as a way to control wolves in the Upper Peninsula. At the same time, a rally is scheduled to protest the proposal.
But heated debate over legislation inspired by animals -- either winged, hooved or pawed -- is nothing new in the Mitten State.
With the wolf hunt vote on the horizon, the MIRS crew assembled this list of 10 animal-related issues of yesteryear.
For the full article, see "Wolves: The Latest In A History Of Animal Controversies", Inside MIRS Today, August 26, 2014.
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Mike Wilkinson, "UM soars, MSU doesn’t on freshmen test scores" : Since 2001, Big Ten schools have become far more selective, when measured by the ACT scores of incoming freshmen. But MSU, like most in-state schools, stayed pretty much the same.
Mike Wilkinson, "Football, shmootball: Ohio State gets serious in the classroom" : Since 2001, OSU has seen the average ACT test scores of incoming freshmen soar faster than any Big Ten school; it now stands behind only Northwestern and UM.
"Big Ten ACT scores soar" : The ACT doesn’t tell everything about a student, or the school they attend, but incoming Big Ten freshmen need higher scores than ever to crack the conference.
Click here to see profiles for Western Michigan, Grand Valley, Michigan Tech, UM-Ann Arbor, Central Michigan, Wayne State, Northern Michigan, UM-Flint, Eastern Michigan, Lake Superior, UM-Dearborn, Saginaw Valley, Oakland University, Ferris State, and Michigan State. Courtesy of Bridge, August 26, 2014.
If you have out-of-state friends with children or pay attention to national media, you’ve probably caught on that “back to school” has already happened in most states. But not for another week for most Michigan public schools.
The 2005 law, signed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, prohibits public schools from starting the school year until after Labor Day.
It’s all about preserving a week or two of summer before classrooms consume the daily lives of families. The powerful state tourism lobby was behind this provision, and attempts to change course in the past few years have failed. In fact, the discussion rarely takes place in Lansing anymore, as most lawmakers consider it to be a futile effort.
But it’s a change that needs to happen for the sake of student achievement. Michigan lags behind its neighboring states when it comes to national standardized test scores, not to mention it clearly falls behind the curve nationally.
Add to that Michigan has one of the shortest school years and is one of only four states specifically to place tourism ahead of schooling. According to the Education Commission of the States, which surveyed laws around the country related to school year length and start times, Michigan requires 170 days and 1,098 hours, while the majority of states require 180 days.
Tourism is a major industry in the state, and its success is beneficial to the state’s coffers. The Pure Michigan campaign has drawn thousands of new out-of-state visitors to Michigan’s pristine lakes and dunes.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t justify tying the hands of educators. In 40 states, districts have the option to set their own start time and many begin in August, some as early as the first or second week. They should have that choice in Michigan, too.
Kyle Guerrant, deputy superintendent for administrative and support services for the Michigan Department of Education, agrees that Michigan students are at a disadvantage.
“We need increased opportunity for kids,” Guerrant says. He also points out that as Michigan children will have to compete both nationally and globally, this will continue to be an issue of importance. Top-performing schools outside the U.S. often have even stricter and longer school years than the best states in this country.
Under current law, individual districts can seek a waiver to start earlier or move to a year-round school. Not many do, although Guerrant says he’s seen an uptick in waiver applications.
While education department officials support a longer school year, in addition to an earlier start, Guerrant says they haven’t brought this argument to the Legislature in recent years. The last time the state board formally called for doing away with the post-Labor Day start was 2009.
Gov. Rick Snyder advocated for additional money for schools that chose to extend their school years. While the Legislature agreed to include that funding in next year’s budget, lawmakers didn’t extend it to future budgets.
That’s unfortunate, as studies have shown the long Michigan summer breaks lead to summer learning loss, especially among children who can least afford it, such as those from low-income families. Year-round schools don’t necessarily have many more classroom days throughout the year, but they are spaced out more beneficially for children.
Lawmakers should make improving the education of Michigan’s children their top priority. That includes allowing schools more flexibility to set school start times.
For the full editorial, see Late school start doesn't help kids : Michigan is one of a handful of states that imposes a post-Labor Day start to benefit tourism, not education", Detroit News, August 26, 2014.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. When this amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was finally adopted, it was the product of a struggle that began more than 50 years earlier in 1848, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention in our country’s history.
These activists, like the hundreds who attended that protest and the thousands more who advocated for women’s suffrage in the decades to follow, knew they had a critical role to play in the political, social and economic spheres of society.
Similar movements are still alive today, as women continue to raise their voices and bring attention to the critical issues facing both themselves and our world at large.
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network, for example, has long promoted state and community support of breastfeeding, a healthy and economical practice that protects the health of both mother and child, and helped advocate for the passage of my Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act, which now protects nursing mothers from harassment.
Without those women and their determination, this legislation may not have passed.
At the national and international levels, we know that women play a crucial role in creating and implementing sustainable solutions to conflict. It is for these reasons that the Women, Peace and Security Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last year — to ensure women’s full and meaningful participation in diplomatic, development, and defense efforts at home and abroad.
Although we have made great strides, the struggle for full equality is far from over. Women are still paid less than men for the same work — 28 fewer cents per dollar in Michigan — and, across the globe, mothers and daughters are forced to take extra precautions to protect themselves from gender-based violence. Here in Michigan, almost 50 bills were introduced in just one legislative session that sought to limit access to basic birth control and reproductive healthcare.
Furthermore, women are not adequately represented at the state, federal, or international levels; I am one of just four females serving in the Michigan Senate.
From diplomacy and defense to children’s health and education, we offer invaluable input when we have a seat at the table, and we know that progress is made when women’s voices are included.
This year, in recognition of Women’s Equality Day, join with me to promote the inclusion of women in our government and decision making. Write your member of Congress to ask them to support the Women, Peace and Security Act.
Urge a female friend to run for office, or better yet, run yourself.
Volunteer to campaign for any of the talented, passionate women currently running.
On the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let’s make sure that women’s voices are heard.
State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, represents the 18th Senate district.
For the full editorial, see State Sen. Rebekah Warren, "Getting women a seat at the political table", Detroit News, August 26, 2014.
WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920, American women were granted the right to vote when the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution became certified; and,
WHEREAS, this amendment was a vital turning point in history for the generations of women who held silent vigils, lobbied, lectured and marched to demand that our nation live up to its founding principle of equality for all; and,
WHEREAS, in 1971, the U.S. Congress passed a bill, introduced by New York Representative Bella Abzug, officially recognizing August 26 as Women's Equality Day, and since then, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation commemorating this day; and,
WHEREAS, we join with the rest of our nation to remember and honor the many women throughout American history who displayed utmost bravery, dedication and commitment in their efforts to fight for, and achieve, equality for all women;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Friday, August 26, 2011 as Michigan Women's Equality Day.
Source : Michigan Newswire, August 26, 2011.
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