With youth Juul use on the...

Sensors are a good idea
100% (2 votes)
Sensors area a bad idea
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2

With youth Juul use on the rise, schools are struggling to find ways to prevent young students from using these nicotine vaporizes. One such school, Grace Church in New York City, has ordered custom bathroom sensors that automatically text school administrators when Juul vapor is detected. They also have cameras outside of the bathrooms so that they can know who was in the bathroom when the alarms were set. Do you think that schools in Michigan should implement similar systems to prevent nicotine use?

Does Salary Discourage you From Becoming a Teacher?

The State of Michigan has received a lot of press for its "failing education system" over the past couple of decades. Per pupil allottment and teacher salaries are discussed most often. When adjusted for inflation, Michigan teacher salaries have declined by 11.5% in comparison with 1999-2000 wages. Teacher salaries in the state of Michigan have seen the 4th greatest hit throughout the entire country, with IN, CO, and NC coming in just ahead. Michigan is just one of 12 states to cut funding by 7 percent or more per student over the past decade.

Michigan Schools' Transparency Dashboards

In the beginning of 2017, Michigan was going to launch an accountability system which would use letter grades to rate schools. The Department of Education then decided that the A-F system was not the best way to rate schools since so many different factors go into assessing a school's quality. The letter grade system seemed like too much of a generalization when so many specifics have to go into the assessment.

Apple's New Educational Initiative

Yesterday, from a high school in Chicago, Apple announced the rollout of a new initiative to leverage Apple technology to improve education and show the world how Apple products can be used in the classroom. One of Apple's goals during this presentation was to show that it can compete with the educational technology that its main competitor Google, especially from an affordability perspective, which is of the utmost importance for schools and students. Last year, Google Chromebooks were estimated to have about 50% of the educational personal computing market, up from just 9% in 2013.

College Funds for K-12 Schools

Governor Rick Snyder is looking into having the State of Michigan's college funds spread over to K-12 education. This would help cover both private and public schools. This is by no means a law in action or even in the process of going to action yet, but he is checking the legality of this within the state law. 

Who Needs to Fix Michigan Education?

It is no secret that Michigan K-12 schools have been struggling throughout the past decade and even before then. This issue generally comes down to the fact that Michigan does not have the funding as a state to keep every school up to par. There is great underperformance at every age and every benchmark across the state and without proper fundig for materials, testing, tutoring, and other resources, there is little hope for change and improvements.

Cell Phones in School?

"Should cell phones be allowed in school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting."

What role did your HS guidance counselor play in your life?

High schools guidance counselors (sometimes called college advisors) have the potential to play a major role in students' lives. These people are influences that could help students decide whether or not they want to achieve post secondary education, what they might want to study if they decide to go to college and even potential career path interests. 

Did Your High School Prepare You For College?

Yes, I felt that my high school prepared me well for college
79% (11 votes)
No, I felt that there was a significant leap from high school to college that I was not prepared for
14% (2 votes)
Other (explain below)
7% (1 vote)
Total votes: 14

"High schools nowadays don't prepare you for college; they prepare you for getting into college." Many college professors complain that freshman do not know how to take adequate notes. High school counselors and teachers often do not push their students to challenge themselves, as they are more focused on standardized tests and graduation rates. However, studies show that the more challenging courses a student takes in high school, the higher their GPA is in college. 

Content Grading vs. Behavioral Life Skills Grading

Is there something wrong with the current K-12 grading system? Under the traditional system students grades are influenced by test scores, extra credit, and class-participation just to name a few. While these factors may be important for the classroom grade, how well do they really reflect a student’s content knowledge? This was the same question faced by Ellis Middle School teachers (Austin, Minnesota) Eric Harder and Curtis Barlett who wanted to fix the current misrepresentation of a child’s success in the classroom. Here was their solution:

Does Salary Discourage you From Becoming a Teacher?

The State of Michigan has received a lot of press for its "failing education system" over the past couple of decades. Per pupil allottment and teacher salaries are discussed most often. When adjusted for inflation, Michigan teacher salaries have declined by 11.5% in comparison with 1999-2000 wages. Teacher salaries in the state of Michigan have seen the 4th greatest hit throughout the entire country, with IN, CO, and NC coming in just ahead. Michigan is just one of 12 states to cut funding by 7 percent or more per student over the past decade.

Michigan Schools' Transparency Dashboards

In the beginning of 2017, Michigan was going to launch an accountability system which would use letter grades to rate schools. The Department of Education then decided that the A-F system was not the best way to rate schools since so many different factors go into assessing a school's quality. The letter grade system seemed like too much of a generalization when so many specifics have to go into the assessment.

Apple's New Educational Initiative

Yesterday, from a high school in Chicago, Apple announced the rollout of a new initiative to leverage Apple technology to improve education and show the world how Apple products can be used in the classroom. One of Apple's goals during this presentation was to show that it can compete with the educational technology that its main competitor Google, especially from an affordability perspective, which is of the utmost importance for schools and students. Last year, Google Chromebooks were estimated to have about 50% of the educational personal computing market, up from just 9% in 2013.

College Funds for K-12 Schools

Governor Rick Snyder is looking into having the State of Michigan's college funds spread over to K-12 education. This would help cover both private and public schools. This is by no means a law in action or even in the process of going to action yet, but he is checking the legality of this within the state law. 

Who Needs to Fix Michigan Education?

It is no secret that Michigan K-12 schools have been struggling throughout the past decade and even before then. This issue generally comes down to the fact that Michigan does not have the funding as a state to keep every school up to par. There is great underperformance at every age and every benchmark across the state and without proper fundig for materials, testing, tutoring, and other resources, there is little hope for change and improvements.

Cell Phones in School?

"Should cell phones be allowed in school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting."

What role did your HS guidance counselor play in your life?

High schools guidance counselors (sometimes called college advisors) have the potential to play a major role in students' lives. These people are influences that could help students decide whether or not they want to achieve post secondary education, what they might want to study if they decide to go to college and even potential career path interests. 

Content Grading vs. Behavioral Life Skills Grading

Is there something wrong with the current K-12 grading system? Under the traditional system students grades are influenced by test scores, extra credit, and class-participation just to name a few. While these factors may be important for the classroom grade, how well do they really reflect a student’s content knowledge? This was the same question faced by Ellis Middle School teachers (Austin, Minnesota) Eric Harder and Curtis Barlett who wanted to fix the current misrepresentation of a child’s success in the classroom. Here was their solution:

Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16?

In 1971, President Nixon lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 under public pressure. One of the strongest arguments for lowering the voting age was the irony that 18 year olds could fight in Vietnam but were not allowed to vote for the people sending them to war. 

School Athletics

Athletics and sports in general play a huge factor in students experience throughout their educational journeys. In elementary school, children learn about different sports in their P.E. classes and have the chance to discover a new activity. In middle school, kids begin to focus on specific sports and form meaningful relationships with their teammates. On the high schools level, sports are an opportunity for teenagers to go onto college and can even become their ticket towards success on the professional level.

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Impact of Sleep Deprivation on High School Students (Rappaport & Halpern)

  Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: The State School Aid Act of 1979, Section 388.1701.

This bill relates to our proposal because we are aiming to make the first period of school optional for students. In our proposal, we present solutions to meeting the 1,098 hours per year of education requirement.  

Second Free SAT

Context:

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

THE REVISED SCHOOL CODE (EXCERPT)- Act 451 of 1976

380.1279g Michigan merit examination; definitions. Sec. 1279g. Number 7

With youth Juul use on the...

Sensors are a good idea
100% (2 votes)
Sensors area a bad idea
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2

With youth Juul use on the rise, schools are struggling to find ways to prevent young students from using these nicotine vaporizes. One such school, Grace Church in New York City, has ordered custom bathroom sensors that automatically text school administrators when Juul vapor is detected. They also have cameras outside of the bathrooms so that they can know who was in the bathroom when the alarms were set. Do you think that schools in Michigan should implement similar systems to prevent nicotine use?

Did Your High School Prepare You For College?

Yes, I felt that my high school prepared me well for college
79% (11 votes)
No, I felt that there was a significant leap from high school to college that I was not prepared for
14% (2 votes)
Other (explain below)
7% (1 vote)
Total votes: 14

"High schools nowadays don't prepare you for college; they prepare you for getting into college." Many college professors complain that freshman do not know how to take adequate notes. High school counselors and teachers often do not push their students to challenge themselves, as they are more focused on standardized tests and graduation rates. However, studies show that the more challenging courses a student takes in high school, the higher their GPA is in college. 

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