8:27 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Many want to see reduced expulsions, suspensions in MI schools

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A group of students and teachers has marched from Detroit to Lansing to protest what it says is the harmful and unnecessary suspensions and expulsions of schoolchildren for often-minor offenses. 

The trip began Monday and concluded Wednesday on the state Capitol steps.
Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center's Youth Voice project say participants covered 85 miles in relay stages.

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11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Fritz Erickson chosen as NMU's next president

Dr. Fritz Erickson

MARQUETTE, MI--   The NMU Board of Trustees has selected a new university president.  

At a public meeting Tuesday morning the trustees voted unanimously for Fritz Erickson, current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University.

Trustee Steve Mitchell says it was a difficult decision between the four presidential finalists, but Erickson had certain qualities that distinguished him from the rest.

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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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