Education/Law enforcement
8:26 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Troopers, Dickinson County schools win safety award

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post, Forest Park School, and North Dickinson School have won a state honor. 

They’ve received the 2014 Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Award for Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement. 

The award focuses on school bus safety and stepped-up police patrols to address vehicles passing buses while their red lights are flashing.  Officials say the program resulted in a significant decrease in the number of incidents.

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10:40 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State chooses student testing companies

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan authorities have picked two companies for a three-year, $103.7 million contract to give standardized tests to the state's public school students. 

The state Department of Education says that the tests will continue to go under the name M-STEP, short for Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress.

The department announced Thursday that the contract goes to Data Recognition Corp. and Measurement Inc. The two companies already share the work of administering standardized tests in Michigan this school year.

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9:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

House GOP's K-12 budget markedly different from Snyder's

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republicans in the Michigan House are proposing a school budget that's markedly different from what Governor Rick Snyder outlined last month.

K-12 districts would get a traditional per-pupil funding increase of $137 to $274 under legislation approved Tuesday by a subcommittee. It could be more or less depending on whether districts receive extra "categorical" funding.

Snyder has proposed an across-the-board $75 hike.

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8:15 am
Mon March 23, 2015

NMU faculty inspiring women to pursue graduate school

MARQUETTE, MI--   A group of Northern Michigan University women with advanced degrees has come together to mentor and encourage other women to pursue their master’s or doctorate. 

Women-Leadership-Inquiry-Action is a new campus and community initiative designed to support women going for advanced degrees.  Heather Pickett is the director of NMU’s McNair Scholars Program.  She says she thinks many people shy away from graduate school because they don’t have time or think they’re not smart enough. 

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9:37 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Gwinn looking for new schools superintendent

Dru Milliron
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GWINN, MI--   Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent Dru Milliron has been asked to leave his post.  

WLUC-TV reports officials gave Milliron notice that his contract will be terminated at the end of the school year.  Board of Education member Bill Nordeen says it’s because the board thinks Milliron isn’t suited for some of the challenges the Gwinn district faces.

Milliron was hired last July.  He was given a three-year contract with a provision the Board could give him a 90-day termination notice after a year of employment. 

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