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How Kalamazoo Is Fine-Tuning Its Groundbreaking Free College Program: Alexia Jones was in fourth grade in 2005, when anonymous donors in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich., made an extraordinary commitment. They established a scholarship program, the Kalamazoo Promise, to pay for a free college education for students like Jones once they graduated from Kalamazoo’s public schools. Politico


Metro Detroit


Chippewa Valley board votes to install emergency alert systems in schools: Chippewa Valley Schools buildings will have a new emergency alert system in all district schools by spring 2020.On Sept. 9, the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education unanimously approved awarding contracts totaling $420,969 for safety and security upgrades. Macomb Daily


Utica Schools student among Eco-Hero award winners: Trinity Favazza, a Utica Community Schools seventh grader, is one of 16 young environmental activists from across the globe honored by Action For Nature as a 2019 Young Eco-Hero, an award that recognizes eco-conscious youth aged 8 to 16 for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world's critical environmental challenges. Macomb Daily




24 Michigan schools with above-average SAT scores and higher subsidized lunch rates: How much are SAT scores correlated to sociodemographics? Consider this: Of Michigan's 447 public high schools where at least 50% of 11th-graders enrolled in the subsidized lunch program last year, only 24 exceeded the state average on the 2019 SAT. And only 18 are regular high schools. Of the other six, two are selective-admission schools in Detroit Public Schools; three are early-college programs that attract more academically ambitious students, and one is a specialty charter school. MLive


Report: Pension shortfall eats into Michigan teacher salaries: Michigan teachers are being paid less for the same work — despite increases in state funding for education. But don’t blame the schools. The struggling teacher pension fund has eaten up most of the recent funding increases, leaving little left over for teachers, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council, a nonpartisan think tank in Michigan. Chalkbeat


Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt. Opinion. While Lansing dithers in getting around to putting a (hopefully) winning budget together, schools continue to struggle to find quality teachers to lead classrooms. The decisions, or lack thereof, made in the Capitol have real world outcomes on children in Michigan’s schools. Bridge


College and university


U.S. Border Agents Are Seeking Social-Media Data on International Students: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to collect social-media handles of travelers, including students, to the United States. In a notice of a proposed rule published in the Federal Register, the department says such information is needed to validate applicants’ identity and to determine whether they pose a law-enforcement or national-security risk. Chronicle of Higher Education


Colleges try to combat the sexual assaults that spike at the start of each academic year, but experts say many officials don't give students sufficient training to protect themselves or vulnerable peers. Jess Davidson remembers when the young woman leading her first-year college orientation in 2012 slipped her a sticky note. On it was a list of fraternities she instructed Davidson, who is now executive director of End Rape on Campus, a national survivor advocacy organization, to avoid. Inside Higher Ed




How the nation’s growing racial diversity is changing our schools: More students attend schools with children of different races than ever before, a Washington Post analysis has found. Over the past couple of decades, integration took hold across the country in smaller school districts whose student bodies had been predominantly white. But in many big cities and across the South, students remain in districts that are deeply segregated. Washington Post


Trump Moves to Curtail Flavored E-Cigarettes as Schools Struggle With Vaping, Related Deaths: The Food and Drug Administration will move to rein in sales of flavored e-cigarette products—long viewed as especially attractive to teens—as schools scramble to address growing student use, President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday. Education Week


How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot: Suriana Rodriguez is only 19, but she’s already lined up a full-time job at IBM. After her junior year in high school, she interned at the tech giant’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y., campus, 20 miles north of her hometown, for $17 an hour. For a year, Rodriguez has worked 40-hour weeks as an apprentice test technician, examining IBM mainframes to confirm they work before shipping them to customers. Politico



University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit, Michigan
Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy, Brighton, Michigan
Notre Dame Preparatory, Pontiac, Michigan
Birmingham Public Schools, Birmingham, Michigan
Westwood Community School District, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Michigan
The Roeper School, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom, Michigan
Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Regina High School, Warren, Michigan
Grosse Pointe Public School System, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, Oakland County, Michigan
Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Comprehensive education at its finest.
Everest Collegiate High School and Academy. Clarkston, Michigan. An Authentic Catholic School of Distinction.
Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Loyola High School, Detroit, Michigan.
Oakland Christian School, Auburn Hills, Michigan. Oakland Christian School engages students in a rigorous and relevant education
Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Academic foundation for success.
Utica Community Schools, Image the Potential.
Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion, Michigan. Providing an exemplary education for all learners
Shrine Catholic Schools, Royal Oak, Michigan. Faith. Family. Future.
West Bloomfield School District: Educating Students to be Their Best IN and FOR the World!
Livonia Public Schools, Livonia, Michigan. Purpose, Passion, Pride
Lindamood-Bell Academy, Birmingham and Ann Arbor, Michigan
AIM High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Aim High is a 6th-12th grade, tuition-based private school that provides an educational alternative
Virtual Learning Academy Consortium, Michigan
Oakland Accelerated College Experience, Oakland County, Michigan
Oakland Opportunity Academy, Oakland County, Michigan
Plymouth Christian, Canton, Michigan. A non-denominational, college preparatory Christian school
Parkway Christian School, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Challenging Minds. Capturing Hearts. Cultivating Gifts.
Berkley School District, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Michigan. Engage. Inspire. Achieve.