ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College’s M-TEC Center is offering a workshop for residents who are interested in implementing alternative energy strategies in their homes.  

The Alternative Energy Workshop will feature a presentation by Steve Waller, who has lived in an off-grid solar- and wind-powered home in Marquette County since 2000.  A panel of area alternative power users will discuss different energy forms, and attendees will be able to tour four Bark River installations.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A new partnership means that the University of Michigan-Flint's early childhood 

education programs will be offered to more Flint families amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. 

The university and the Flint Community Schools district says the Great Expectations Early Childhood Program at Holmes STEM Academy will offer the same teaching methods used at the university's on-campus Early Childhood Development Center.

Lead can cause developmental delays, learning disabilities and health problems in children.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has one of the most affordable online master’s degree programs in public administration in the country for 2016. 

That’s according to  It ranks NMU 11th out of 30 accredited universities and colleges based on graduate tuition and fees, as published by NCES College Navigator. 

Northern’s MPA program is offered entirely online.  Students may concentrate on criminal justice, human resources, public management, or state and local government.

  SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Trustees for Lake Superior State University in have approved a $60 million, 20-year master plan.
The university in Sault Ste. Marie said in a news release that the Board of Trustees approved the plan Friday, along with backing a proposed $35.5 million budget for the upcoming academic year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools will ask voters to consider a bond proposal on Tuesday’s ballot. 

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the $6.285 million would be used first and foremost to expand classroom space.

“We’ve had a pretty significant uptick in enrollment over the last four years,” he says.  “We’re up about 250 kids, and due to that we’ve had to move into computer labs in a couple of our elementary schools.” 

GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools District is trying again to pass a millage proposal to fix critical needs. 

Officials are asking for a 1-mill increase over 15 years, which would generate $4.4 million in bonds. 

Superintendent Tom Jayne says the money would be used to replace two elementary school roofs, buy eight school buses in the next five years, update technology and building safety, and replace parking lots pitted by potholes.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   Michigan's Board of Education president has told policy makers and educators in Dearborn that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students should be acknowledged and embraced in 

school to help improve learning and life outcomes.

John Austin spoke Thursday at a White House Summit on LGBT student issues at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A legislative committee has approved a $16.2 billion education spending plan with a modest boost in K-12 aid but different amounts for universities and community colleges than proposed by Governor Rick Snyder. 

The proposal passed Wednesday increases university operations funding by 3.4 percent, less than a 4.4 percent boost sought by the Republican governor.

Democrats on the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee who voted against the bill say funding for roughly a third of Michigan's 15 universities would stay below levels from six years ago.

ESCANABA, MI--   Lower enrollment, higher healthcare costs, and a projected budget deficit are forcing officials to reorganize at Bay College. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Education officials say students will be spending less time taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, this spring.  

Michigan Department of Education spokeswoman Jan Ellis tells the Detroit Free Press that students will spend no more than four to eight hours total on the test, down from seven to 16 hours last year. The change came after complaints about the new exam taking too long, with reports of students being exhausted and school staff being overwhelmed.