10:28 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MAPS contract ratified

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools teachers are finally working under a new contract.

In a special meeting Monday night the MAPS Board of Education voted 5-2 to ratify the agreement, which covers the three-year period from 2013 to 2016.  

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the contract includes a step and a 1% pay increase in the 14/15 school year and a step and a .75% pay raise in 15/16.  He says teachers could get another .5% raise, depending on enrollment and the state’s allocation.

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9:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MI universities attempt to improve grad rates


Michigan State and ten other large research universities have launched a program to boost the graduation rates for students from low-income families or from "underrepresented backgrounds."

The schools say that their University Innovation Alliance has raised $5.7 million from six major funders and will match that with other funds. The schools' presidents and chief academic officers plan to announce details of the alliance's program Tuesday in Washington.

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7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

MAPS teachers vote to ratify contract proposal

MARQUETTE, MI--   A tentative agreement between Marquette Area Public Schools teachers and administration has been ratified by the Marquette Area Education Association. 

MAEA President Erin LaValley says 85 percent of the union turned out to vote on the contract Monday at the Landmark Inn.  The vote was 132 yes to 12 no. 

The MAPS board is scheduled to vote on the tentative contract at its September 22nd meeting. 

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11:28 am
Tue September 9, 2014

NMU numbers lower--as expected

MARQUETTE, MI--   Enrollment at Northern Michigan University is down from this time last year.  

That’s according to the school’s 10th day enrollment report, which shows a 3.3 percent decline to 8,592 students; however, officials expected the drop and are encouraged by higher enrollment in other areas, including the number of new graduate students and the university’s international student population. 

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10:22 am
Wed September 3, 2014

State House Dems call for higher minimum school funding

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   As many Michigan students return to school, the debate over education funding is starting up again at the state Capitol in Lansing. 

Democrats in the state House plan to introduce a bill that would increase minimum payments to districts. Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers this year set that amount at an additional $50 per student.

But the Democrats say that could effectively mean a cut for some schools when you factor in higher costs for retirement and other things. They want to raise the minimum increase to $83 per student.

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