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December 6, 2018
SFRC: Five facts our Advocates can share this holiday season

As a School Finance Research Collaborative Advocate, you might have the opportunity to discuss the need for a new, fairer school funding system with family and friends this holiday season.

Here are five facts you can share to help us increase support across the state:

  1. Many of Michigan’s public schools are struggling to meet student performance standards.
     
  2. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to educating our kids. A new, fairer school funding system is needed that addresses every student’s unique and individual learning needs.
     
  3. By funding Michigan’s schools fairly, we can provide every student the instruction and support to attain competitive skills for good-paying jobs.
     
  4. It costs a minimum $9,590 to educate a child in Michigan and some students need more support, including those with learning challenges, students living in poverty and English Language Learners.
     
  5. The School Finance Research Collaborative study has determined the true cost of educating all students to make the way we fund schools more fair. Learn more at fundmischools.org.

 

December 3, 2018
2018 December - REMC - Virtual Courses Registration
Virtual Courses return in January; Register Now

Virtual learning isn’t just for students. Virtual courses offer a convenient way for educators to connect and collaborate while reducing time and cost. REMC offers *free* Virtual Courses throughout the year, open to all Michigan school personnel.

November 16, 2018
MASA, MASB, MAISA: Fixing the roads at the expense of the classroom is wrong for Michigan
Proposal to eliminate sales tax on gas would be devastating to education

LANSING—According to multiple news outlets, incoming House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), plans to propose the elimination of the sales tax on gasoline, which will result in a cut to schools of at least $700 million. Education leaders from the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA), the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) and the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) agree that there needs to be a comprehensive infrastructure plan, however it shouldn’t come in the form of massive cuts to Michigan’s schools.

10/17/2018
Education Leadership Groups Condemn Narrow Court Decision

Education Leadership Groups Condemn Narrow Court
Decision to Allow Public Funding for Private Schools

10/18/2018
ISD’s Database Administrator Honored

Melissa Tront, database administrator at St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, was awarded the 2018 Michigan Data Hub Ambassador of the Year.

February 9, 2018
Writing Lesson Rewrite Produces Big Gains
Young Pupils Learn to Formulate Opinions

 

Aiden Hernandez may only be in the first grade, but he’s already got opinions about things. As in, “yes” to green beans and “no” to broccoli. And he’s not a fan of snow or math, but he does like crickets. As food.

“Not the alive kind,” he clarified. “Cooked.”

Aiden’s decisiveness came in handy recently in Tessa Jurewicz’s Stoney Creek Elementary classroom, where an opinion writing unit recently was launched.

Jurewicz and English-language learner teacher Holly Straight have been helping first-graders home in on what they think via “opinion circle maps.” After that, they come up with reasons to justify their opinions, then construct paragraphs from that information.

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