Online Education In Michigan

Ashley Gorman's picture

Online education can be a great resource for adults who are looking to take some additional classes or for students who are worried to take on major student loan debt. Student loan is a pervasive issue in the United States and in Michigan alike. The first article below states that this is a very big issue here. Michigan ranks 11th in the nation for student loan debt and 58% of 2017 graduates owe some amount of money. 

Kalamazoo Promise

Ashley Gorman's picture

Kalamazoo offers the “Kalamazoo promise” to pay for student’s college tuition for those who attend their public schools. It was created to help the struggling school district to encourage their students to find a way to college without taking on tremendous amounts of debt. The program also incentivized more homeowners to buy property and send their children to the city’s public schools. This helped to increase the funding allocated to KPS and allowed students to have the opportunity to go to college.

Outsourcing Public School Functions

Stefan Santrach's picture

Dearborn Public Schools are left without subsitute teachers because the company Professional Education Services Group (PESG) abrupty ceased operations and fliled for bankruptcy on Monday. The issue was released on Dearborn's Facebook page Monday afternoon. 

 

Some questions to think about:

What are some of the implications of public policies allowing schools to outsource certain functions to private companies?

Which functions (substitutes, actual teaching, facilities, food service, etc) are acceptable to be outsourced and which are not?

The Standardized Testing Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Are standardized tests a good measure of a students knowledge and learning ability? Standardized tests have been the staple of testing knowledge for years through all ages. However, are these tests actually measuring what they are supposed to, and are the results of the tests even relevant? This article weighs some of the pros and cons of standardized testing in America today like the debate on rather the tests are reliable or not. These tests provide a quick and easy way to assess a child's knowledge, but do they mean anything?

School Uniform Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Should students at K-12 schools be required to wear uniforms? Schools all over the country have begun to shift towards uniform requirements. How can this be beneficial to learning and how can it be harmful? Does having uniforms decrease the probability of bullying? Does having to wear a uniform encourage discipline? This article highlights some of the major pros and cons of having uniforms and why schools do it. Can wearing uniforms make a school better? 

Online Education In Michigan

Ashley Gorman's picture

Online education can be a great resource for adults who are looking to take some additional classes or for students who are worried to take on major student loan debt. Student loan is a pervasive issue in the United States and in Michigan alike. The first article below states that this is a very big issue here. Michigan ranks 11th in the nation for student loan debt and 58% of 2017 graduates owe some amount of money. 

Kalamazoo Promise

Ashley Gorman's picture

Kalamazoo offers the “Kalamazoo promise” to pay for student’s college tuition for those who attend their public schools. It was created to help the struggling school district to encourage their students to find a way to college without taking on tremendous amounts of debt. The program also incentivized more homeowners to buy property and send their children to the city’s public schools. This helped to increase the funding allocated to KPS and allowed students to have the opportunity to go to college.

Outsourcing Public School Functions

Stefan Santrach's picture

Dearborn Public Schools are left without subsitute teachers because the company Professional Education Services Group (PESG) abrupty ceased operations and fliled for bankruptcy on Monday. The issue was released on Dearborn's Facebook page Monday afternoon. 

 

Some questions to think about:

What are some of the implications of public policies allowing schools to outsource certain functions to private companies?

Which functions (substitutes, actual teaching, facilities, food service, etc) are acceptable to be outsourced and which are not?

The Standardized Testing Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Are standardized tests a good measure of a students knowledge and learning ability? Standardized tests have been the staple of testing knowledge for years through all ages. However, are these tests actually measuring what they are supposed to, and are the results of the tests even relevant? This article weighs some of the pros and cons of standardized testing in America today like the debate on rather the tests are reliable or not. These tests provide a quick and easy way to assess a child's knowledge, but do they mean anything?

School Uniform Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Should students at K-12 schools be required to wear uniforms? Schools all over the country have begun to shift towards uniform requirements. How can this be beneficial to learning and how can it be harmful? Does having uniforms decrease the probability of bullying? Does having to wear a uniform encourage discipline? This article highlights some of the major pros and cons of having uniforms and why schools do it. Can wearing uniforms make a school better? 

Michigan Special Education

Ashley Gorman's picture

Michigan is one of the worst states in the country for special education. We often neglect issues considering student who may have different education needs than a traditional student. I know that in my home district my high school was the only school with a special education program. This meant that of the three high schools all of the special education students were sent to our high school. Our special education program was underfunded and over occupied, so students were often asked to help the teachers in their free hours.

Property Taxes & School Funding

Alex Kubie (TC)'s picture

Within our nation exists stark discrepancies in the way in which our schools are funded. These gaps in funding occur largely because the majority of public school districts, throughout the state of Michigan and across the country, are funded by local property taxes.Therefore, areas with higher rates of poverty areas have lower home values and collect less taxes, thus preventing them from raising as much money as a place where homes are worth millions of dollars.

Class Size and Teacher Shortages

Ashley Gorman's picture

This article was pretty shocking for me to read because it is written about the school district I grew up in. I remember the problems with class sizes was an issue even when I was a student, and it continues to be an issue for schools across Michigan. I can remember during my junior year in high school the incoming freshman class was going to have three people to one locker. I also remember there being a ton of problems with scheduling because if someone wanted to make changes to their schedule, every class was at full capacity of 36 students.

Detroit Public Schools Lawsuit

Ashley Gorman's picture

Detroit has one of the worst education systems in the state and has several public schools well below average. Five of the city’s worst public schools sued the state of Michigan in 2016 to be awarded funding to fix these schools. It was estimated that it would cost $200 million, while the budget only allocated $25 million. They originally lost the case, but have decided to appeal. They expressed frustration with the fact that Grosse Pointe is located directly next to these Detroit public schools and has full access to all the amenities needed.

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Should college athletes be paid?

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PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wm_hKJj2vyDziYC_zNkhr9d22oGbAZIa/view?usp=sharing 2. Persona and POV statement Personas and POV writing for the Michigan Student Caucus

Cooper Siegel and Scott Cohen

 

The Effects of Technology in Education

Dylan Bell's picture
PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pWWYa2CdgbvjqanOwTnFc3dfrwt2ZRcVcjQLKHsoPsI/edit?usp=sharing

The Effects of Technolgy in Eductaion: whether the pros outweigh the cons.

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