Seventh- and eighth-graders in a Michigan district will work on challenges affecting local businesses during the futurePREP'd IChallengeUth program that starts this month. The students will work in teams with teacher-mentors as they sharpen their research and problem-solving skills. They will present their solutions to education and business leaders at the end of the program.
Michigan's budget, adopted last week, scrapped plans for schools to use the Smarter Balanced assessments in favor of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test for the next school year. Educators say they are unsure about what material will be covered on the exams, making it difficult to prepare lessons and plan for the coming school year.
Michigan enacted a law at the start of the school year requiring schools to provide students with an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and display a U.S. flag at the site where students are able to recite the pledge. However, students are not required to recite the pledge and, in some cases, the "pledge time" has sparked debate among students in the classroom.
A Michigan school district is stepping up its school safety efforts this year by placing police outside the building entrance for the first few weeks of the year and launching a policy that restricts entry of visitors on campus. Lapeer Community Schools officials say that parents previously were allowed to enter the school freely to pick up or drop off children. Now, that activity will take place outside the building, causing upset for some parents.
Students in Jackson, Mich., participate year-round in service-learning projects through a program designed to build character and empower them to contribute to the community. Working in partnership with LEAGUE Michigan and in cooperation with local organizations, students this year partnered with emergency responders to learn how they benefit the community. The students also ran fundraisers, held school clean-up events and delivered Easter baskets to the elderly, among other activities.