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Michigan Legislature approves budget for public schools: The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student aid for most schools by $240, or 3%, which supporters lauded as record funding and some Democrats said would not keep pace with costs in an underfunded system. The $15.2 billion measure will soon go to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said it would spend "far short of what our children deserve." She is likely to sign the bill, though, so schools are funded. Oakland Press


Metro Detroit


In a city where low literacy levels ‘take your breath away,’ here’s how one Detroit school is teaching third-graders to read: Three boys sat down around a table at Detroit Premier Academy and opened up their picture books. It was the beginning of the school year, and the race was on. Their teacher, Whitney Vanatta, showed them an index card with the letters ‘Ck’ written on it. “‘Ck’ says ‘kuh,’” she said. “Kuh,” they echoed. The lesson was designed to help the students learn the basic building blocks of English, sound by sound. It wouldn’t be out of place in any kindergarten classroom. Chalkbeat


Consultants fuel UCS early literacy strategy: As a school literacy consultant at Plumbrook Elementary School, much of Dawn Nacker’s workday involves helping small groups of kindergarten through sixth grade students on their reading skills, or working with teachers to support and guide their literacy instruction. But to Plumbrook’s students, she often is simply known as “the book teacher.” C&G News




Michigan should fight weakening of federal school lunch standards: As a doctor, I want healthier patients. As a parent, I hope schools will care for my children. As a taxpayer, I don’t want my dollars spent on programs that escalate costs while threatening national security. Nutritious school lunches can help meet all of these goals, but unfortunately, recently loosened nutritional standards for school meals are a step backward. Bridge


College and university


The Trump administration's crackdown on campus criticism of Israel is Orwellian: Opinion. If you criticize Israeli policy, you will lose your federal funding. That is the message the Department of Education is sending with its threat to withdraw federal support for the Consortium for Middle East Studies, operated jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, if it does not alter the content of its programming. The Guardian

• New York Times: U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies

• Chronicle of Higher Education: Education Dept. Takes Aim at a Center on Middle East Studies. Scholars Say That Could Chill Academic Freedom.


Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country: At least a dozen Iranian students who were set to begin graduate programs in engineering and computer science say their visas were abruptly canceled and they were barred from their flights to the United States this month. New York Times




Achievement gaps in schools driven by poverty, study finds: High concentrations of poverty, not racial segregation, entirely account for the racial achievement gap in U.S. schools, a new study finds. The research, released Monday, looked at the achievement gap between white students, who tend to have higher scores, and black and Hispanic students, who tend to have lower scores. Researchers with Stanford University wanted to know whether those gaps are driven by widespread segregation in schools or something else. Washington Post


How Teachers Can Address Politics at School 'When the World Is on Fire': How can teachers help their students navigate today's fraught political climate? That's a central question in Teaching When the World Is on Fire, a collection of essays from teachers, principals, and other educators, edited by Lisa Delpit. Delpit, an acclaimed education researcher and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, is best known for her writing on how schools perpetuate racial inequalities. In Teaching When the World Is on Fire, she turns her attention to what she calls the "growing division, incivility, hate, and violence" in today's world. Education Week



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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
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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.
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Virtual Learning Academy Consortium, Michigan
Oakland Accelerated College Experience, Oakland County, Michigan
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