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Grading Michigan Schools

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Gov. Rick Snyder will consider whether to add another performance rating system for Michigan schools. A bill with an A through F grading system is a final procedural action away from Snyder’s desk.

Schools would not receive an overall grade. Instead, they would be graded in different areas like student growth in math and graduation rates.

State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) is a bill sponsor. He’s been working on this for six years.

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A bill introduced by Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) passed yesterday with some amendments in the state House. If the education bill is passed in the state Senate, it will create an A-through-F grading system for Michigan schools.

Rep. Kelly joined us to discuss SB 5526 and respond to criticizers of the bill, such as Nikolai Vitti, the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District who called the bill anti-democratic. 


Nov. 5, 2007
In the first of our series called Grading Michigan Schools, we start with a look at the school funding crisis affecting many districts. School administrators say they are running out of money to adequately prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Nov. 6, 2007
In Part Two of our Grading Michigan Schools series, we look at one of the 20 schools entering their sixth or seventh year of failing to meet federal progress benchmarks.

 Nov. 7, 2007
Consolidation may help school districts save money and expand courses. But it comes at a high cost.

Nov. 8, 2007
A high school diploma should mean a graduate has mastered the basics. But that hasn't been the case in Michigan - where many college and university students are learning subjects they should have mastered in high school.

Shop Rat Nation

Jul 16, 2012

Nov. 9, 2007
Lester Graham
The school system in this country in general has been going away from the vo-tech and shop classes. But one program provides an opportunity for college prep students to get some shop experience.

Commentary: NCLB is Failing

Jul 11, 2012

Nov. 12, 2007
President and Founder of Early Learning Foundation says No Child Left Behind created unintended consequences.

Pilot Schools in Grand Rapids

Jul 11, 2012

Nov. 12, 2007
Grand Rapids Public Schools is announcing the creation of pilot schools to specialize in areas such as math and the envsironment. It's a result of a landmark public-private partnership.

Nov. 13, 2007
Low-income children from disadvantaged families usually do worse in school than other children. The No Child Left Behind Act says eliminating that achievement gap is a primary goal. One preschool in Ann Arbor prepares poor children for school as early as age 2.

Nov. 14, 2007
Asking for help used to be considered a sign of failure in teaching. It's encouraged in one district. Teacher support teams have cut special education numbers in half.

The Math Problem

Jul 11, 2012

Nov. 15, 2007

Nov. 15, 2007
Bill Schmidt is well known in education circles for his research into the academic content in K-12 schools, testing, and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He spoke with Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett, who asked him whether he believes a "math crisis" exists.

Nov. 16, 2007
Rick Pluta
Some Michigan High Schools don't have the teaching resources to meet new curriculum standards

Shifting Demographics

Jun 29, 2012

Nov. 20, 2007
Sarah Hulett
Several school districts in Metro Detroit have flipped from majority-white to majority black in a very short time. That's creating new opportunities for integration in once-lily-white communities. But it's also creating some tough situations for districts where the teaching staff is all-white, or close to it. 

Nov. 21, 2007
Sarah Hulett
A lot of students grow up going to schools where the other kids look just like they do. That means they might not be as prepared as adults to interact with people who are different from them

Nov. 29, 2007
Tracy Samilton
Detroit students score far below the state average in reading and math. But within Michigan's largest school district, a few schools are providing a high-quality education, despite the odds. 

The Dropout Dilemma

Nov 28, 2007

Nov. 28, 2007
There are disagreements about just how bad the dropout rates are in many school districts. But what's being done to fix the problem?


Nov 27, 2007

Nov. 27, 2007
Some parents have rejected the traditional school setting for their children's education. For unschoolers, the classroom is the world around them.

Nov. 26, 2007
International Baccalaureate Schools teach the same curriculum all around the world. There is one in Michigan and could soon be more. 

Commentary: Charter Schools Help Education
Nov. 23, 2007
Andrew Coulson
The Director of The Cato Institute Center for Educational Freedom says public educators should not fear charter schools.

Nov. 19, 2007
Kaomi Goetz
State and local schools of choice programs are affecting large, urban school districts, but opinions differ on whether that's good or bad. 

Michigan created the schools of choice program in 1996 to give parents more options for their children's education. The program allowed parents to register their child in a neighboring school district without having to live there. But critics say school choice is decimating the state's large, urban districts.

Nov. 30, 2007
Samara Freemark
Alyse Guenther is twelve years old, and she's an unschooler. We gave her a microphone and a recorder, and asked her to explain what that means.