9:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

MAPS designates new last day

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Area Public Schools district is changing the last day of the school year. 

Monday’s closure because of a winter storm moved the last day to June 13. 

District officials say MAPS will file a waiver for the inclement weather day.  They say typically the response time to hear whether or not it’s granted is several weeks. 

There’s no guarantee the state will forgive those hours, so officials are planning for the worst-case scenario. 

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9:25 am
Wed April 9, 2014

WI schools must teach minimum number of hours, not days

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Schools will no longer have to teach at least 180 days a year under a bill Governor Scott Walker has signed into law.  

The bill Walker signed Tuesday would allow schools to extend the length of their days to meet the required minimum number of hours schools must be teaching students every year.

But there would no longer be a requirement for schools to be open at least 180 days a year.

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11:58 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Ishpeming Schools select new chief

ISHPEMING, MI--   A new superintendent has been chosen for the Ishpeming Public Schools District. 

The school board has selected John Summerhill for the top post.  For the past seven years Summerhill has been the principal of Center Line High School in the Detroit area. 

Interim superintendent Dan Paul resigned in January, citing health reasons.  School business manager Tony Bertucci has been acting in his stead in the interim. 

The Ishpeming School Board will begin negotiations with Summerhill sometime this week. 

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9:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

NMU presidential candidates to give presentations in early April

***NOTE***  The forum for Dr. Cynthia Pemberton has been canceled due to weather-related issues.  Her visit will be rescheduled.


MARQUETTE, MI--   Locations have been announced for the presentations of four finalists vying for the presidency of Northern Michigan University.  

The NMU Presidential Search Advisory Committee narrowed the pool of 54 applicants down to ten, then conducted remote interviews to select the final four. 

Public forums will let the candidates explain why they want the top post and how they’ll match the university’s needs.

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10:28 am
Mon March 3, 2014

MEAP results show some gains, but students still struggle with math and science

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan students are improving in most subjects. That’s according to results released Friday from last fall’s Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test. 

Education officials say they are most encouraged by gains in reading.

“Our four-year trend in reading has generally been up,” said Jim Griffiths with the Michigan Department of Education. “Very encouraging. Particularly at fourth grade, where that means that increasing numbers of third grade students are completing their third grade year proficient in reading.”

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