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Ann Arbor has yawned and turned over for its last cat nap, and then awakened with a start to the realization that the first of October is nigh, and that the college youths from all the world are coming back to little old double A for another 9 months of higher education, football and the other ingredients that go to make up the finished product, the college man. Once each year Ann Arbor falls into this deep and untroubled sleep, the day that summer school closes. The city sleeps until about the time Yost arrives in town and begins his preliminary football and the everlasting stogie at one and the same time. Along about this time the first bunch of freshmen usually comes.
Note : Article was penned on September 28th but appeared on the 29th.
Source : ANN ARBOR HEARS SOUNDS; AWAKENS: COLLEGE YOUTHS ARRIVING PROM ALL OVER WORLD TO ATTEND U. OF M. OUTLOOK FOR INCREASED ATTENDANCE IS BRIGHT MANY FRESHMEN ALREADY ON HAND AND FACULTY MEMBERS ARE STRAGGLING IN. Detroit Free Press (1858-1922) [Detroit, Mich] 29 Sep 1912: 15. The Historical Free Press is available online to the MSU Community and visitors to the Main Library
On this day in 1854, 37 boys and girls, aged 6 through 15, boarded the sidewheeler steamer Isaac Newton in New York City for the first part of their journey to the frontier of Dowagiac, Michigan, where they hoped to be adopted. In Albany, New York, the children were joined by 9 more orphans when they transfered to a train for the rest of their trip, inaugerating the first of many Orphan Trains which would be dispatched by the Children's Aid Society over the next 75 years. Between 1854 and 1927, some 12,500 orphans would ride the Orphan Train to Michigan, part of the quarter million children who would be sent out west.
Source: Collen Burcar, It Happened In Michigan (Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, c2010)
For more information see The orphan trains [videorecording] / produced and directed by Janet Graham and Edward Gray ; written by Edward Gray. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, 2006.
The orphan train in Michigan, 1854-1927 / Program Source International. Bloomfield Hills, MI : Program Source International, c2002.
Orphan trains : the story of Charles Loring Brace and the children he saved and failed / Stephen O'Connor. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Ann Zaniewski, 'Orphan trains' brought thousands of children to Michigan from New York City", Detroit Free Press, August 4, 2013.
On Sept. 28, 1835, the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer became a daily newspaper. Today, the Detroit Free Press is Michigan's oldest continuously published newspaper.
Source: Michigan History
One of the newest charter schools in Lansing has no school building or buses.
There’s 372 students enrolled and seven teachers.
The statewide web-based school will cost Michigan taxpayers $11.1 million, a bone of contention for some Democrats in the state Legislature.
Democrats say these cyber schools don't deserve the same amount of state funding that traditional brick-and-mortar schools receive (about $7,000 per-student in Lansing) because the charters aren't faced with the same overhead costs.
Many of these schools don't have physical classrooms. So they don't need to pay for rent, gas, electricity, water or busing.
Online-based Insight School of Michigan is a good example. Students there do all the assignments and lessons online, not at the office park address on 6512 Centurion Drive in Delta Township.
It spends about $5.7 million on instruction, but the school won't publicly disclose the seven teachers' salaries.
The school uses another $3.9 million for support services like administration and maintenance, without needing to pay transportation costs for the kids.
And while many schools around the state are running deficits, this one managed a $1.5 million surplus for 2014-15.
What will they use it for? Marcus Moore, head of school, wouldn't immediately say.
For the full article, see Michael Gerstein, "Uncharted Territory : Lansing Online School; 7 Teachers, $9.6 Million Budget", Lansing City Pulse, September 24, 2014.
If Michael Norton’s research is to be believed, Americans don’t have the faintest clue how severe economic inequality has become—and if they only knew, they’d be appalled.
Consider the Harvard Business School professor’s new study examining public opinion about executive compensation, co-authored with the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok’s Sorapop Kiatpongsan. In the 1960s, the typical corporate chieftain in the U.S. earned 20 times as much as the average employee. Today, depending on whose estimate you choose, he makes anywhere from 272 to 354 times as much. According to the AFL-CIO, the average CEO takes home more than $12 million, while the average worker makes about $34,000.
For the full article,see Jordan Weissmann, "Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is; And if they did, they wouldn’t want European-style solutions", Slate, September 2014.
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