Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: GOP power grab — or path to better schools?

Republicans in Lansing have had eight years to improve Michigan's schools, but despite a series of headline-grabbing shifts in education policy, academic achievement in the state has continued to slide.

So it may seem surprising that there's a proposal that critics say could end up taking power over some education issues from the  incoming Democratic leaders and existing state education officials, though the bill's author adamantly denies that's his intent. 

The big questions: Is it legal, and will it improve education in the state?

You can find out more about this in my story here

Also, don’t forget that tonight is the second annual State of the Schools forum. District and charter leaders will be on hand for the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and everyone’s invited. RSVP here.

Scroll down for more news on education in Michigan.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

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SCHOOL POWER GRAB A proposed education commission would have the power over some key education functions, such as the ability to close chronically low-performing schools and develop an A-F grading system. Chalkbeat Bridge

HOW I TEACH: Meet a teacher who likes to let her students lead the way. That explains the hydroponically-grown plants in her classroom. Chalkbeat

NATIONAL BOARD NETWORK: A national group is trying to recruit school board members in 10 big cities nationwide, including Detroit, to be part of a network of school board members. Chalkbeat

PODCAST: The Detroit school district has a new podcast. The first episode features an interview with Superintendent Nikolai Vitti about the A-F school letter grading system being developed for public schools in the city.  iTunes

FEDERAL WAIVER: Michigan’s education department is seeking public comment on its application to renew a federal waiver that affects the percentage of students who take the state’s alternate exam. MDE

‘MISGUIDED PROPOSAL’: A leader of the state board of education explains why she thinks the a proposed A-F letter grading system for Michigan schools is based on a ‘flawed idea.’ Bridge

SCHOOL NOSTALGIA: A nonprofit group is selling reproduction football jerseys representing more than 70 schools to raise money for a mobile school bus museum dedicated to now-defunct high schools. Detroit Free Press

ACADEMIC BOOST: Dozens of school districts across Michigan will share nearly $4.5 million in grants from Michigan’s education department to help increase academic achievement. MLIVE

TECHNOLOGY HELP: A group of Downriver educators came together to learn how technology can be used to personalize instruction and help struggling students. News-Herald