Education

Education
8:39 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Flanagan to discuss charter school problems with authorizers

Mike Flanagan

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's superintendent is meeting with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize. 

The Detroit Free Press reports state Superintendent Mike Flanagan emailed meeting invitations Friday to officials at universities, community colleges and school districts that authorize more than three charter schools. A similar invitation was sent to charter advocacy groups for a separate meeting this month.

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Education
9:43 am
Wed July 9, 2014

State superintendent predicts institutions will lose ability to charter schools

Mike Flanagan

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The top education official in Michigan says there’s a good chance some institutions will lose their authority to create charter schools. 

That statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he’s ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That’s if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.

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Education
10:54 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Superintendent: State will be more aggressive with charter school authorizers

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan
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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state superintendent of public instruction says he’s ready to get tougher with charter school authorizers when their schools don’t measure up.  If he follows through, that could mean fewer charter schools in the future.       

Superintendent Mike Flanagan released a statement saying he’s ready to exercise his authority to cut off permission for universities, community colleges, and school boards to authorize more charters.  

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Education
10:47 am
Tue July 8, 2014

High schoolers’ test scores up in all areas, many still not ready for college

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan high school juniors are improving in all core academic subjects. That’s according to standardized test results released Monday. 

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is given to high school juniors each year. The data released by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) includes the ACT college entrance exam.

The biggest improvements in the results were in social studies and reading. State education officials credit tougher graduation requirements approved in 2006.

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Education
8:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Charter school advocate rips Detroit Free Press investigation

MAPSA president Dan Quisenberry
Credit Off the Record

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   One of Michigan’s top charter school advocates is blasting the Detroit Free Press’ recent investigation into charters. 

Reporter Jennifer Dixon and others uncovered incidents suggesting conflicts of interest, a lack of transparency, and mixed academic results in charters.

The head the state’s largest charter school advocacy group says the organization has always backed higher standards for accountability and transparency.

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