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Graduation rate remains below national average. LANSING, Mich.

Graduation rate remains below national average

(AP) - Michigan’s high school graduation rate continues to lag below the national average and the Detroit Public Schools rate is even lower, placing in the bottom half of comparable city districts, a national report found. The United States posted a record 80 percent graduation rate in 2012, according to a report based on federal education data to be presented Monday at the Building a GradNation Summit. But Michigan’s slight increase - to 76 percent in 2012 from 74.3 percent in 2011 - didn’t move it out of the bottom third of all states. Detroit Public Schools’ 65 percent graduation rate was well below the nation’s top rate in cities - 79 percent in Houston, Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa - but above 62 percent in Milwaukee and 60 percent in Indianapolis. The Detroit district, which includes 74.9 percent low-income students, mirrored the 64 percent graduation rate for low-income students across Michigan.

Graduation rates are based on U.S. Story Continues → 2013 – 2014 Annual Education Reports - Detroit Public Schools. DPS Technology Infusion Q&A. What will the technology infusion include?

DPS Technology Infusion Q&A

40,000 ASUS Netbook laptop computers 5,000 for teachers 35,000 for students 4,789 HP desktop computers – one for every classroom 4,291 multi-purpose printer/scanners 4,550 document cameras 533 HP desktop computers delivered for use in early childhood education programs 273 SMART Boards purchased for School Improvement Grant schools through Title I funds obtained by Wayne RESA What is a netbook? Netbooks are small, lightweight and low-cost laptop computers. They have smaller screens and less computing power than regular laptops.

What is a SMART Board? What is a document camera? What is the time frame for implementation? Michigan granted waiver from No Child Left Behind Act. Michigan schools got a huge break from the federal government today, one that will free the state from having to implement key mandates of a controversial federal education law, and give the state more flexibility in deciding how to prepare its students for the future.

Michigan granted waiver from No Child Left Behind Act

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that Michigan is one of seven applicants nationwide that will receive a waiver from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In exchange, each state will develop its own plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teaching. In Michigan, the waiver means that schools will not be required to have 100% of students pass state exams by 2014. Schools also will no longer face sanctions or restructuring upon failing to meet annual yearly progress targets; instead, the state will implement its own accountability system.

The waiver gives schools more time to get test scores up. Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management. Statement of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management January 2015 “Our whole life is but one great school; from the cradle to the grave we are all learners; nor will our education be finished until we die.” – Ann Plato (born 1820) The Governor’s recent appointment of yet another Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS), hours before the elected school board would have voted to end outside rule, is such a morally outrageous assault on the citizens and children of Detroit as to compel an outcry.

Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management

D-REM hereby condemns this ongoing exploitation of Detroit’s school children. We point out that there have been no positive outcomes whatsoever as a result of the imposition of Emergency Managers by Governor Snyder. The emergency management policies that have sapped the creative potential of two generations of Detroit school children cannot be attributed to misguided pedagogy, ineffective curriculum design or inept administration. We are Detroiters! [i] Rev. [ii] If you aren't worried about education in Michigan, you just flunked the common sense test.

Jack Lessenberry talks about the future of Michigan's public schools.

If you aren't worried about education in Michigan, you just flunked the common sense test

Virtually everyone who doesn’t have a political reason to pretend otherwise would agree that the Detroit public schools are a dreadful failure. More than three-quarters of its students have fled the district in the last 14 years. Test scores remain appallingly low, and a succession of emergency managers has failed to stabilize the finances. Most children in the district now go to charters, private schools or schools in the suburbs, a clear vote of no confidence by Detroit parents. Those of us who live elsewhere may think we don’t have to worry about our schools, but we should. This week, the Pacific Research Institute, which calls itself a non-partisan think tank, released what it said was a ground-breaking new study of schools in Michigan. They looked at 677 schools in which no more than one-quarter of the students were listed as low-income.

Performance in math seemed to be a particular concern. Detroit public schools.