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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has launched its new academic and athletic logos.

The revitalized graphic identity is the result of a year-long process that included extensive research on the distinctive attributes of NMU and feedback on the designs from hundreds of university stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The academic logo replaces the previous tree-and-waves design. It is intended to convey the excellence in scholarship and innovation routinely demonstrated at Northern.

ESCANABA, MI--  Students at Bay College will be able to play sports next year.

The Escanaba school is adding an athletic program, starting with men’s and women’s cross country in fall of 2017 and expanding to men’s and women’s basketball in winter.  Athletes will compete with other two-year colleges and smaller four-year colleges and universities in Michigan and Northern Wisconsin as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A digital financial analysis company says Michigan Technological University ranks second in the state for the value of its education. 

SmartAsset released its second annual study comparing the cost of an education with graduates’ average starting salaries.  Tech scored the No. 2 spot, topped only by the University of Michigan.

Both universities cost about $26,000 a year for in-state students to attend.  Tech graduates’ average starting salary was $62,800, while UM graduates earned an average of $58,000.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order to create a new education commission charged with analyzing top performing schools and recommending changes to the state's education system.

Snyder's office announced the 25-member 21st Century Education Commission Monday, after mentioning the plan in his January State of the State Address.