10:39 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Some MI schools need more time to accommodate online testing


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan school administrators whose buildings aren't ready for new online standardized testing may request a waiver from the state. 

The Detroit Free Press reports the deadline for applying to use paper and pencil exams is Nov. 7. Testing begins in April.

Some schools don't have needed technology in place. Department spokeswoman Jan Ellis says officials want to ensure there's enough time to get enough supplies. The ACT, which has been part of the state's high school exam, will continue to be offered in a paper version.

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9:11 am
Fri September 26, 2014

CMU to teach students how to brew beer

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (AP)--   Colleges and beer have a long shared history, and Central Michigan University is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify 

experts in "fermentation science." 

Central Michigan this week announced plans to launch the program in fall 2015. It's aimed particularly at supporting and boosting the state's fast-growing craft brewing industry.

Microbrewers now generate an estimated $1 billion in annual economic activity in Michigan.

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9:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

LSSU sets one level of tuition for everyone

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Lake Superior State University will charge the same tuition rate for any student coming to the Michigan school from across North America. 

The university's board of trustees on Friday approved the so-called "One Rate at Lake State" program.

Effective in the fall semester of 2015, every student from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will be charged the same amount to attend the Sault Ste. Marie school.

LSSU says it's the first university in the state to establish a set tuition rate for all North American students.

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10:28 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MAPS contract ratified

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools teachers are finally working under a new contract.

In a special meeting Monday night the MAPS Board of Education voted 5-2 to ratify the agreement, which covers the three-year period from 2013 to 2016.  

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the contract includes a step and a 1% pay increase in the 14/15 school year and a step and a .75% pay raise in 15/16.  He says teachers could get another .5% raise, depending on enrollment and the state’s allocation.

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9:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MI universities attempt to improve grad rates


Michigan State and ten other large research universities have launched a program to boost the graduation rates for students from low-income families or from "underrepresented backgrounds."

The schools say that their University Innovation Alliance has raised $5.7 million from six major funders and will match that with other funds. The schools' presidents and chief academic officers plan to announce details of the alliance's program Tuesday in Washington.

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