Allegan tech center auto class does real work, real low-cost | Allegan News

“We’re not out to take work away from local dealers. We just want to get work for the students, to get them career-ready,” said Greg Sagodic instructor for the two-year automotive technology program at the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center in Allegan.

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MSU study: Michigan public schools face nation’s sharpest decline in state funding | Michigan Radio

Researchers at MSU found that K-12 education funding in Michigan is currently among the lowest in the country. Over the last 20 years the funding has decreased by 22% per pupil. Their report calls on the State to increase spending on education by $3.6 billion per year to meet education standards. Listen to or read this story

Jan. 25, 1972: Shirley Chisholm Began Historic Campaign for President – Zinn Education Project

“Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free.” — Shirley Chisholm announced her campaign for U.S. President on #tdih 1972

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From U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan

Regarding your letter:

‘Choice Schools for All’s

Dear Jeffrey,

Thank you for contacting me to share your support for public education. I believe there must be a strong federal commitment to public education and the programs that help students thrive in the classroom.

The appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has raised many concerns about the future of public education. She has a long record of pushing policies that have seriously undermined public education in Michigan, including using public funds – like school vouchers – to pay for private education. I will closely monitor her actions and fight any attempts to undermine the Department of Education’s mission of ensuring that each student has access to a quality public education.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees the school lunch and breakfast programs, I also know that kids can’t learn, grow, and succeed if they aren’t getting nutritious meals. I will continue working to protect the progress we have made to serve healthier school meals and to keep us moving forward to reach more hungry children.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.


Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

In Lease Agreements, Charter Management Companies Rip Off Their Students and the Public


On January 10, 2019, as one of his final actions as Ohio Auditor of State, Dave Yost released a report about how three Charter Management Companies (CMOs)—National Heritage Academies, Imagine Schools and Concept Schools—have been profiting when their own real estate subsidiaries demand outrageous leasing fees from the charter schools managed by the same National Heritage Academies, Imagine Schools and Concept Schools.

Without any competitive bidding, charter schools being managed by the three CMOs have been forced to pay above market rents for school buildings, when they could have spent the per-pupil dollars allotted to them by the state for paying teachers or otherwise serving their students.

For the Columbus Dispatch, Jim Siegel reports: “In 2015, 77 percent of charter schools leased their buildings. Yost looked at lease agreements with eight schools managed by National Heritage, 13 by Imagine Schools and 17 by Concept Schools.  His office found…

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