GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education is looking for someone to fill a spot at its table. 

Board member Joseph Boogren resigned November 19, and the board has 30 days from that date to fill the vacancy.  The person appointed to the seat will serve on the board until December 31 of 2018. 

Those interested in being on the board should submit a letter of interest to Ronald Lauren, Board of Education President, 50 West M-35, Gwinn, Michigan, 49841. 

The deadline for the letters is 4 p.m. on Friday, December 2.  

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Attorneys for Governor Rick Snyder say there's no fundamental right to literacy for Detroit schoolchildren who are suing Michigan over the quality of their education. 

The Detroit News reports assistant attorney general Timothy J. Haynes asked a federal judge to dismiss the case in a motion filed last week in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He says the U.S. Supreme Court and Michigan courts recognize the importance of literacy, but reject claims that it's a legal right.

ROYAL OAK, MI (AP)--   The superintendent of a suburban Detroit school district says a student has admitted to placing a noose in the boys' bathroom.  

Royal Oak Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin says the student has been removed from Royal Oak Middle School "until further notice." He says police are investigating.

The noose was found Friday.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Changes have affected sports programs at NMU and Michigan Tech.  

This week Northern Director of Athletics Forrest Karr announced head football coach Chris Ostrowsky’s contract won’t be renewed. A national search will be conducted for his replacement. 

In Houghton, head football coach Tom Kearly announced his retirement after Tech’s final game of the season.  He coached for 11 seasons.  Defensive coordinator Steve Olson has been selected to replace Kearly. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is expanding its reach with its new Educational 

Access Network. 

Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement Steve VandenAvond says the EAN consists of credit and non-credit offerings and NMU LTE internet access service.  The EAN will offer educational programs to those seeking a degree or certificate, those wanting personal or professional development, and grade schools, high schools, and colleges. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has received $2.8 million from the Department of Energy to develop control systems for hybrid electric vehicles.  

Tech is one of three Michigan recipients of grants from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.  The university will work to reduce energy consumption in electric vehicles by 20 percent.  Researchers hope to achieve that by using on-board or cloud-based sensors, data, and computers to help the vehicle better process and react to its surrounding environment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new report says Michigan spent $86 million last academic year to help educate private students in kindergarten through 12th grades, a 51 percent increase from three years before. 

The figure was reported Tuesday by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan. It's about $29 million more than was spent in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Michigan has a "shared time" arrangement that provides extra state aid to public schools that enroll nonpublic students in non-core, elective classes.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin has the widest high school graduation rate gap between white and black students in the nation.

New federal data show that almost 93 percent of white students in Wisconsin earn diplomas within four years, compared to just 64 percent of black students.

State Department of Public Instruction spokesman Tom McCarthy tells Wisconsin Public Radio that closing the gap will take community efforts, since he says gaps in different parts of the state have unique circumstances.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University continues to move forward with plans to develop a forensic anthropology program and research facility. 

Dr. Kerri Schuiling is NMU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.  She says individuals who donate their bodies to science would be buried in an isolated, secure facility so natural decomposition could be studied, which would help officials determine time, cause, and location of death. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees has approved a five-year capital outlay plan that includes three projects.  

Two of the projects include phases one and two of an H-STEM engineering and health technologies complex.  It would support Tech’s integrated programs that apply engineering and science to problems related to the human condition.  The university aims to develop therapeutic devices, sensors, instruments, preventive strategies, and a health technologies-related workforce.