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Although the aggregate funding for state universities would be restored to Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 levels under Gov. Rick SNYDER's latest FY 2017 budget proposal, five universities are still looking at smaller individual appropriations.
Snyder's proposed higher education budget raises state university funding $61.2 million, or 4.3 percent. Half the increase in funding would be distributed across the board and the other half is through the weighted performance formula.
Universities would be required to limit any tuition increases to 4.8 percent or less in order to receive any new performance funding (See "Improved Economy = More K-12, Higher Ed, Community College Funding," 2/10/16).
In comparison to the FY 2011 budget, 10 of the state's 15 public universities would be getting higher appropriations in FY 2017 than they were at the time if the plan is approved as is.
But five of the state's largest universities -- Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University -- would still receive individual appropriations less than what they earned in FY 2011.
For the full article, see "Five U's Getting Less In Snyder's New Budget Than In FY '11", Inside MIRS Today, February 11, 2016.
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Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that his administration was working to change the culture of state government after failures contributed to the Flint water crisis, which exposed an unknown number of children to lead.
The governor along with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has sought to connect with state employees throughout his term through the Office of Good Government. That office handles programs like "bureaucracy busters" and surveys employees for feedback. But the Flint water crisis still happened.
"That's one of the most humbling parts of this whole experience is to know and believe we've done a lot of great things in terms of empowering state employees, getting people more involved, recognizing people for being proactive, but then recognizing in a very large organization you can have some people who are not participating. I can't speak to the reasons why but they're not participating and they can do a lot of damage," Snyder said.
"So the endeavor is to say we just need to keep working hard every day to change the culture in some ways."
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder working on government culture change after Flint water crisis", MLive, February 11, 2016.
House Democrats want Michigan to dump high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial oil and gas extraction practice that some lawmakers want to temporarily halt until updated regulations are passed in the wake of a failed petition drive last year to place a statewide ban on the 2016 ballot.
Democrats say that, while vertical fracking has been used for years in Michigan, the newer technique of horizontal fracking requires updated regulations that better address the chemicals and massive volumes of water used in the process.
For the full article, see Garret Ellison, "Bills would halt Michigan fracking, require chemical cocktail disclosure", MLive, February 11, 2016.
Mike Wilkinson, "Academic State Champs: How to make sense of your school’s MSTEP scores" : Last year, Michigan replaced its longstanding MEAP standardized test with a new assessment aligned with the Common Core. Bridge’s Academic State Champs analysis allows you to compare your school with peer schools across the state.
"Interactive database: Compare your school’s M-STEP scores to peer schools" : If your school is like most, the switch from MEAP to M-STEP last year meant lower test scores and lots of confusion. Bridge’s new database helps you put that score in perspective.
Amber Arellano and Sunil Joy, "We need performance-based charter authorizing system" : The state must hold charter school authorizers accountable when their schools persistently underperform, a responsibility that leading education states take more seriously.
Dozens of people gathered Tuesday morning at Morrill Plaza, where 113-year-old Morrill Hall once stood, for a dedication ceremony and the unveiling of the new brick kiosk.
The kiosk, which contains salvaged brick from Morrill Hall, has four touch-panel computer screens containing information about the university’s distinguished past faculty. MSU officials said the information will be updated regularly.
Deb Kinney, landscape architect for MSU, said the plaza cost the university between $300,000 and $400,000.
Morrill Hall was built in 1899 and 1900. Nicknamed "The Coop," it once was a dormitory for female students and also housed home economics classrooms. It was converted in the 1930s to classroom space and renamed in Morrill’s honor. It was demolished last year.
MSU officials said the plaza honor more than Morrill’s land grant efforts. It’s also meant to recognize the history of women and their role in the early years of the university.
Last year, the school's Agriculture Hall was renamed the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture.
For the full article, see Paul Henderson, "Michigan State University's Morrill Plaza honors history of university and demolished hall", Lansing State Journal, February 11, 2014.
For another, see Morrill Plaza - Recalling the past and honoring the future
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