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Public News Service - MI: Early Childhood Education

One Michigan political observer points out that Betsy DeVos won't be the only one shaping education policy. (CSPAN/Wikimedia Commons)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The contentious battle over the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is now over, but one expert says the massive groundswell of interest in public education shouldn't end here. Sarah Reckhow is an assistant professor specializing in education policy at Mic

Research shows racial disparities exist in Michigan in reading proficiency, school discipline, and graduation rates. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

LANSING, Mich. – As hundreds of Michiganders gathered at a forum Monday to discuss poverty and racial inequity, a new report examines persistent racial disparities in educational opportunities for Michigan kids. The forum was sponsored by the Michigan League for Public Policy, which also rele

Evaluations linked to test scores, higher health-care costs and pay freezes are among the challenges faced by Michigan teachers. (Michigan Education Association)

LANSING, Mich. - A week when another Detroit teacher sick-out made headlines will come to a close with educators from around Michigan joining forces to build positive energy. A Teaching Empowered Rally will be held Saturday on the steps of the Capitol building. President of the Lansing Schools E

Some adults believe children today are experiencing less close personal friendships than they did while growing up. (Pixabay)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Children today may have better technology and entertainment options than their parents did when growing up, but their health may not be as good. According to the results of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health over half of adults polled beli

Critics say Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 budget proposal doesn't create a stable revenue stream for the future. (Michigan Municipal League/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Presidential candidates are highlighting troubles in Detroit and Flint, but some policy experts say state government needs to step up to addresses problems plaguing all of Michigan's communities. The Michigan League for Public Policy's chief executive, Gilda Jacobs, said she's plea

New data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds too many Michigan children mired in poverty, despite the official end of the Great Recession several years ago. Credit: Enishad Hallwall/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. – It's been six years since the official end of the Great Recession, but many Michigan families are still stranded in poverty, according to the latest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The new Kids Count Data Book finds almost one in four Michigan children – 24 per

PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat

PHOTO: Overcrowded classrooms, fewer activities, and fewer staff members are some of the short-term consequences of cuts to K-12 education, but a new report suggests not restoring funding to pre-recession levels puts the future of Michigan students in jeopardy. Photo credit: Kevin Connors M.Ed./Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's a lesson in subtraction. Michigan schools are receiving nearly 10 percent less state funding today than before the recession hit. According to a new report from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Michigan is one of 15 states with the most drastic educatio

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