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School Closure, Good For Kids?

Dan Quisenberry, President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies School closure can be a contentious topic to consider. Closing a school means displacing families and students as well as teachers and staff. However, a new report on the effect of school closings from Stanford University’s widely respected CREDO Institute concludes that students excel when they move from a low-performing school…

BEST FIT SCHOOLS: DETROIT’S MURKY WATERS

So, this year my youngest daughter, Imani, turned sixteen and will be a Junior in High School. She is a gifted young lady and an eager student. At just four years old, Imani had already made her mind up to be a paleontologist, a scientist who studies fossil animals and plants.. Do I believe she will become a paleontologist? Of…

M-STEP Results Show Need to Build on Progress, Not Reset the Clock

By Brian Gutman Today’s release of the results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) conducted last spring means that for the first time in many years, Michigan has reliable data for measuring how well students and schools are performing against Michigan’s high academic standards. “Michigan has taken the important step of setting high expectations for all of our students…

New Concerns in Michigan’s Fourth Take at an ESSA Plan

By Brian Gutman This year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and states across the nation, have put together new education plans describing how the state will implement the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. This process has presented a tremendous opportunity for state leaders to set ambitious goals, learn from the educational successes of others, and shape…

From Bullied to Bold and Fabulous: Sheena Harris Talks About Fashion And Self-Esteem

Hello world, I am Sheena Harris! I’m coming to you as a single mom who absolutely loves fashion, for myself and my children. The etiquette in fashion has been thrown out the window. If left up to reality TV and the latest trends pur young ladies will lack class! We have to add a little grace to what the world views…

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