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$15M Grant Will Bring More Teachers To Rural Areas, Says Ed Department
Monday, March 25, 2024

Central Michigan University is the new recipient of a $15 million grant aimed at increasing the certified teacher workforce in rural school districts.

School Lunches Increased 100 Percent After New Law, MDE Says
Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Department of Education announced Thursday that it had seen a 100 percent increase in schools offering free meals since the enactment of the Michigan School Meals Program.

Officials: Graduation Rates Reach Record High
Friday, February 23, 2024

The state's high school graduation rates hit their second-highest levels ever, behind only 2020 when graduation requirements were temporarily relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday.

Flood To Rice: Send Out Literacy Dollars Now
Thursday, January 18, 2024

Budget Director Jen Flood told the head of the Department of Education the time has passed for the agency to be in the planning stages of administering literacy grant dollars, and it is now time to act.

Rice Talks Silver Linings From Pandemic, Improvements For All K-12
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice discussed at length the exponential increases in funding for K-12 programs during the past few years, saying students who are often underfunded had their needs better addressed.

Whitmer Signs Supplemental With Highland Park, School, MiLEAP Funds
Monday, December 18, 2023

Supplemental spending bills wiping out the debt in several school districts, establishing funds for the new education department that took effect this month and moving money toward Highland Park water infrastructure improvements were signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday.

Whitmer Launches MiLEAP With Acting Director
Friday, December 1, 2023

Michelle Richard will be the acting director of the new Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential, known as MiLEAP, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday.

Annual Update on K-12 Top 10 Shows Slight Progress
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The state saw progress in its eight goals to improve education for students as young as preschool to mid-20s, with the State Board of Education discussing the annual update and the small increases in funding and education improvements.

Study: Fewer 3rd Graders Eligible For Retention, Proficiency Still Down
Monday, November 13, 2023

Only 65.4 percent of third graders were at least partially proficient in English Language Arts based on Michigan Student Test of Education Progress scores, but only 5.6 percent received scores that would have made them eligible for the repealed retention portion of the Read By Grade Three law.

Man Sues Whitmer, Rice Over IDEA Violations Against Disabled Son
Monday, October 23, 2023

A lawsuit filed Monday against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Rice and Detroit Public Schools alleges that the state and district did not do enough to ensure that a disabled student received proper testing and adequate accommodations before being expelled in 2022.

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