Jack Lessenberry, "3rd Grade Reading Proficiency: Crossing the Rubicon?": The number of children in Michigan who aren’t able to read well enough seems to be increasing.
Michigan's lone venomous snake, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, has received federal protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Michigan's only poisonous snake now federally protected", Detroit Free Press, September 30, 2016.
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
Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, (1814-1900) a former teacher, became the leading advocate for education reform and for equal educational rights for women during the latter half of the 19th century in Michigan.
Lead Rule Changes Complicated, But On Way, Zimmer Says
Snyder Cabinet Director Mike Zimmer told Gongwer News Service he is working on multiple draft bills related to the Lead and Copper Rule proposed by the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee and Governor Rick Snyder months ago, and he is not ruling out this year for their introduction.
Pscholka Plans To Move Veterans Bills This Year
The state and an advisory committee devoted to working on juvenile justice issues have arranged a study to look at how much the state could save if criminally convicted juveniles aren't housed in adult prisons.
The State Administrative Board (SAB) today approved a $350,000 contract with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to conduct such a study, paid for by federal funds.
Legislation aimed at boosting Michigan's dismal third-grade reading scores is a "good start," but won't result in big gains unless more funding is pumped into childhood literacy programs, some educators and advocates say.
"It needs to be seriously funded," Dave Campbell, superintendent of the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency, said of the legislation, which requires schools to provide extra help and an individualized improvement plans for struggling readers in kindergarten through third-grade.
When it comes to deciding how to overhaul the state's energy policy, the Michigan legislature isn't suffering from a lack of input.
According to an analysis from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, at least 145 registered lobbyists have either submitted position statements to committees about proposed energy reforms or are registered as working for key players.