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Several Michigan Patch communities had schools in the Top 20. Check the list to see how your district fared. (Patch file photo)
David Anderson April 24, 2014 at 08:43 am
A third of the ranking is dependent on the school's student participation in AP or IB. This is theRead More only indicator, according to the study, of college readiness. Seems too simplistic to me. What about those students who are not enrolled in IB and AP who go on to college. Isn't there a way to track college (or other post-high school) graduation back to the high school from where the student matriculated? Wouldn't this be a "better" indicator of college readiness?
Ahmed Ismail April 24, 2014 at 10:45 am
The one number that seems to skew this report in my mind is that the percentage of students takingRead More an AP exam is taken into consideration. How many students take the exam only indicates how much the school "pushes" the kids into AP classes, even if they really don't belong in an AP class. The real separator in the schools is the percentage of students who actually "pass" the AP exam. I understand some are even paying for the exams for the students now. For many schools, this "pass" number is incredibly low. Add that to the fact that a "pass" on an AP exam is only a 3 out of 5 score when most of the selective universities only accept a "4" or higher as a passing in order to give AP credit and you have a true picture of how the schools are trying to play the AP system just to increase their rankings on this list.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm
Northville is in Wayne County, but it does have a school in, and some of its students (like mine)Read More coming from, Oakland County (Novi).
How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 01:18 am
Agreed Joan - please check out this FB page: Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
Bob April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Not sure what everyone is smoking here.....i sit down EVERY nite w/ my daughter on her elementaryRead More homework. It is challenging and the school / teachers doing great job. She has art, fieldtrips, sports....will be well prepared for college...and yes, this is a public school. I am not a teacher like my parents...but I did go to Stanford and stayed at a holiday inn.
Tom Stroup April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
So let me get this straight: The organization who supports this plan conducted their OWN poll andRead More found that the respondents like it? And the article suggests they had to explain the plan to each respondent? Did they explain the other 3 plans accurately? This article is just a way for this group to get some positive publicity for THEIR plan. Lets have an honest and open debate on all 4 plans and see which is best...
Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit raceRead More crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything toRead More harm anyone.
The Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended distribution to Dearborn public school students of a flyer promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt because the event does not have a religious component. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler April 8, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Daniel.....I doesn't seem that you have read all the comments on here. The concern of most peopleRead More is not so much whether or not to allow religious content in public schools as it is allowing preferential treatment of one religion (Muslims in Dearborn), while strictly enforcing restrictions against similar special accommodations for other religions (usually Christians). It's a matter of having equal treatment for all religions, not just one.
Michael Matigian April 8, 2014 at 06:52 pm
We All need to remember to get out and Vote !!!! That is our only tool Vote and May God Bless allRead More of us
laplateau April 8, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Daniel...what an ignoramus. Your comment brilliantly illuminates what you so rudely label as lack ofRead More mental capabilities. You not only did not take the time to read all forgoing comments, but you have no understanding of whatsoever of the first amendment to our constitution...which plainly says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Do you REALLY think that applies to this issue? Try reading a bit...like the constitution itself, also the the plethora of writings by our founding fathers. In doing so, you might just be able to avert sounding as if yousuffering from a lack of mental capabilities in the future.
A firestorm erupted on Twitter last week after some Howell teens sent racially charged Tweets after a basketball game.
Art March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm
jackie miller, was that suppose to be funny, or was that statement just a dumb as you are?
roger hawrylicz March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'm thinking this Art is a little unbalanced with the way he expresses himself,lol! I can just seeRead More this little twit hunched over his keyboard with saliva foaming at the corners of his mouth while he bangs away at the letters. What a loon!!
jackie miller March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
Art, you are what you want to be, so keep being ignorant. You do are doing a great job at it...LOL
Howell High School student Cassie Bondie defended her school and her community in a letter to the editor. The bottom line: This isn't who we are, she said. (Photo: Howell Main Four student publication)
stephanie pytlowanyj March 22, 2014 at 06:56 am
No, I don't believe this is going to end for a while. The school district is taking care of theRead More problem, however somehow this issue got brought to the media's attention which is fueling the fire. Hoping for the students the issue gets out of the media and back within the school district for them to continue to deal with. The tweets occurred surrounding a school activity and the school should be allowed to take care of it, out of the glare of the media.
Howell school officials say "four or five" students sent racially charged Tweets after the school's all-white team beat a predominantly black team in state basketball playoffs. The students face "corrective action." (Patch file photo)
Sue Burstein March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Considering the "hitler" reference in the tweet, I would suggest that a field trip the theRead More Holocaust Museum in FH would be appropriate. I agree with those who have concerns about freedom of speech. So, rather than trying to undermine a basic freedom in this country and apply it willy nilly using the "diversity" card - "intimidation" card - or any of the PC cards, let's give these kids an up front kick in the arse about what this kind of thinking promotes. The Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial intolerence doesn't just happen. It runs deep, and is taught somewhere. So teach what happens from it when a group is singled out. On the other hand, I supported the nazis right to march in Skokie, I support Farakhan's right to make all his anti-Semetic remarks, I support speech that I loathe...becuase if I don't , who will support my rights under the 1st amendment. That is far more important in this country than some stupid teenagers' tweets.
Blogger Zod March 22, 2014 at 01:01 am
Freedom is not free, keep that in mind. you have rights and obligations as well. the students haveRead More the rights to say what they want, and the school deserve the rights to punish those students for inappropriate behaviors especially to matters related to the school, in this case ( game). I think people misuse the constitution time and time over, if i'm not mistaken I think the constitution states that all men are created equal (no mention of race) and it was writen in the 18th century but up until 1964 some people in this country were denied minimum rights. the person who wrote the bible and the person who reads the bible cannot have the same interpretation of the bible, so in the same context we can interpret the constitution as we like. bottom line is that if we allow the white students to tweet racist nonsense and the black students respond ...guess the rest. Americans==hypocrites , we need to practice what we preach not just when it suit us. else we should stop calling ourselves free-world and other nonsense.
Sherry Spehar March 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
The longer the Press can drag this out,the longer they think that they can sell more papers.I guessRead More they are short on material.
O'Doul's has trace alcohol content of less than .05 percent, but it's against the law to serve it our other "near beers" to minors in the state of Michigan. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)
Bill March 19, 2014 at 07:14 am
Teachers who think outside the box tend to be the ones who connect with the children and keep theirRead More interest. Could she have used better judgement, and read the label - probably. But in her defense, here's a marketing line for O'Doul's: "O'Doul's is a premium non-alcoholic beer. O'Doul's Amber offers the same non-alcohol benefits with a richer look and taste." False advertising...? Also, have you looked at the ingredients of some of the meds we give our kids? Does this lapse of judgement warrant a misdemeanor or any other discipline - no. Hey, I bet the kids remember the lesson!
stephanie pytlowanyj March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is old news from over 2 weeks ago; does the media just need something "controversial"Read More to report? On a side note, check the alcohol content in cough syrup. Here's a site to see what you and/or your child are ingesting: http://www.mssny.org/mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/File/CPH/AlcoholContent.pdf
Stacy Paalanen March 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Parents have control over the meds they give their kids, a teacher would not be making that decisionRead More without you, so that is not really a comparison; it is probably why there were no official complaints made to the school though.
Novi Middle School students will no longer be asked to write an essay on whether they would rather be slaves or factory workers during the Industrial Revolution. (Patch file photo)
Greg Thrasher March 16, 2014 at 05:19 pm
The depth of denial , deflection and ignorance regarding the domestic holocaust ( slavery) in ourRead More nation is stunning... This degree of underdevelopment continues to harm our nation and our ideals ... This ignorance creates racial angst and imperils civic harmony and civility between racial groups in on nation... Reading these comments are scary from my perspective as an American...
Racer Boy March 17, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Lincoln ended slavery. Who is going to end skyrocketing birth rates to unwed mothers, entire livesRead More spent on Government assistance, filthy and degrading lyrics in RAP music, disgusting music videos, pants hanging below buttocks, thinking twirking is cool, speaking a language that is unintelligible??? None of that works to create a decent and caring society.
Possum March 17, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Racer Boy, cut down on the Bill O'Reilley watching for awhile and try to get out a little more intoRead More the real world. The echo chamber will damage your mind.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Suit of the Loom" was made almost entirely with Rainbow Looms contributed by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Schools students in Farmington Hills, MI. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube video)
al carter March 1, 2014 at 09:08 am
What a great story of true compassion and how a simple gesture grew to wonderful results!
Susie Hensoldt March 1, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is wonderful! God Bless the OLS students and everyone involved in this beautiful story!
anne powder March 1, 2014 at 05:16 pm
This is the kind of news people want to hear. The journalist should have included who the staff areRead More that encouraged these kids to be so generous. Staff like that make a difference in kids' lives.
This screenshot of the video, which has been posted on YouTube, reportedly shot by a Michigan teacher shows a 10-year-old boy with autism wiping tears as he tried to free himself from a classroom chair.
blue March 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Was the room designed for autistic children? That chair has a very large opening in the back. ARead More Montessori school designs the classroom with the utmost importance. In fact, teachers don't even have a desk in the classroom. A while back I remember seeing fifth graders sitting on Swiss balls in their classroom. What's wrong with figuring out the logistics before the beginning of the school year.
Sherry Spehar March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I like Blue's comments.If this child was frustrated like this,he probably would have found anotherRead More way to act out.It takes an exceptional teacher to deal with autistic children.I am sure that I am not patient enough to do this.The original teacher should have called for backup if she felt overwhelmed .
Bob March 10, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Dispicable...."teacher" has no empathy...should choose another profession.....terrible....
Two White Lake Middle School teachers have been suspended as the Huron Valley School District completes its investigation of alleged "inappropriate behavior" in a vacant classroom. Patch file photo
John Chronos December 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Linda, regarding those higher standards, are those the sorts of higher standards that we've seenRead More recently in Michigan? The standards that I've seen is those of the teachers in West Branch-Rose City who leapt to the defense of their colleague at his sentencing for molesting an 8th grade boy. By these teachers' standards, leniency was appropriate because no harm had been done to the victim. These are the sort of "higher standards" for which Michigan teachers are becoming known in the national press. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/20/mich-school-votes-to-keep-teachers-who-defended-colleague-that-molested-8th-grader/
Lee Jacobsen December 27, 2013 at 01:07 am
John, just saw the story on the 'OReilly Factor'. Convicted pedophile Neal Erickson molested the 12Read More yr old kid for 3 yrs, and the MEA stood by him, and, as you mention, the other teachers that defended him. That Dad on the show was very strong, I would have trashed Erickson for what he did, 30 yrs was a decent sentence, word will spread, he will never leave prison the way he entered it. Michigan needs much higher standards for their teachers. On the plus side, the son did graduate with honors from college, but nothing will bring back what was lost between father and son.
Linda January 18, 2014 at 09:29 am
John and Lee, The only benefit the union can give to a charged teacher is help with legal defense.Read More I can't comment accurately on the West Branch-Rose City case since this is the first I have heard of it. If that teacher did, in fact, act inappropriately, I would never condone supporting this individual. However, our judicial system does abide by "innocent until proven guilty." And there have been cases of teachers being accused with the student recanting later. One case took place in Flint Schools many years ago. The student accused the teacher of inappropriate conduct after being urged to do so by his mother, because the mother was unhappy with the student's grade. Of course, by then, the damage was done and the accusers walked away leaving the teacher to clean up the aftermath. In addition, several recent cases have involved non-teaching or substitute teaching staff, most of which are contracted through other for-profit companies and the background checks are the responsibility of those companies. Having two friends who are substitute teachers contracted through a service, they have told me stories about some of the hires that make my skin crawl. Some of those contracted subs have been banned from working in our local district for reasons such as smoking in their cars in front of the school (a federal violation) and "losing" a class because the sub had no control. The bottom line is that there is usually more to these cases than the public knows.
AP Photo/Steve Ruark
joe smoe December 8, 2013 at 07:12 pm
Just so the kids learn that our present President, obama, is a jackass, dumbass and ignorant ass,Read More they will be ready for what life brings them.
Credit: Sudbury Patch
Charlie Bradfield November 2, 2013 at 01:39 am
This is all part of the "anti-bully" push. That's why schools are reading posts even whenRead More students aren't in school. But I guess it fits with the overall plan. In 40 years there won't be anymore "pesky" privacy complaints slowing down the NSA's work.