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

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Federal After-School Programming Cuts (Mackenzie Chyatte)

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Lack of Emphasis on STEM Subjects in K-12 Education (Peterson Ianakiev)

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

External Forces Influencing K-12 Educational Attainment (Ciancio & Tsontakis)

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Guns on High School and College Campuses

With the recent shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I felt that it made sense to create a discussion about what can be done to prevent events like this in the future. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, A gun control advocacy group, the shooting that took place was 18th at a school since 2018 began.

Home-school vs. Traditional Education

In 2015, Pennsylvania relaxed some of its previously extremely strict home-schooling laws contending that parents intending to home-school their children are motivated and dedicated.  This state, like many have had extremely high requirements to legally home-school their children. The more strict states include; Massachusetts, New york, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. In these strict states, it is required to give notice to the state and have curriculums laid out and approved by state officials.  There is also the potential for home-visits to be done.

Should the government fund religious schools?

In my Canadian neighborhood, there are four types of school boards funded by the government – English public, English Catholic, French public and French Catholic. The Catholic school board requires students to learn about the Catholic religion. Although non-Catholics are technically allowed to attend, most attend regular public schools, as they either felt unwelcomed, or were not interested in learning so deeply about a religion other than their own at such a young age.

4-Day School Week?

   In response to a near $900,000 loss in the county’s education budget back in 2010, Peach County located in the southern part of Georgia decided to change to a 4-day school week. This move put them among the 100 or so districts across the country to implement such a system. Districts see this system as a way to cut down on cost to fight against slashing cuts in school budgets. The new system involved 4, 10 hour days, with no class on Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays. School officials released statistics on the change-up: 

A-F Grading System for Michigan Schools

The Michigan State Board of Education opposed A-F grading of schools and in supported  a non-letter grading accountability system. However, according to Michigan Radio, the A-F system is up for consideration again. "Lawmakers say it’s an easy way to show how schools are doing" and holds schools accountable.

Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?

Traditionally favored by private and parochial institutions, school uniforms are being adopted by US public schools in increasing numbers. One in five US public schools required students to wear uniforms during the 2013-2014 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004. Mandatory uniform policies in public schools are found more commonly in high-poverty areas. Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes.

Guns on High School and College Campuses

With the recent shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I felt that it made sense to create a discussion about what can be done to prevent events like this in the future. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, A gun control advocacy group, the shooting that took place was 18th at a school since 2018 began.

Home-school vs. Traditional Education

In 2015, Pennsylvania relaxed some of its previously extremely strict home-schooling laws contending that parents intending to home-school their children are motivated and dedicated.  This state, like many have had extremely high requirements to legally home-school their children. The more strict states include; Massachusetts, New york, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. In these strict states, it is required to give notice to the state and have curriculums laid out and approved by state officials.  There is also the potential for home-visits to be done.

Should the government fund religious schools?

In my Canadian neighborhood, there are four types of school boards funded by the government – English public, English Catholic, French public and French Catholic. The Catholic school board requires students to learn about the Catholic religion. Although non-Catholics are technically allowed to attend, most attend regular public schools, as they either felt unwelcomed, or were not interested in learning so deeply about a religion other than their own at such a young age.

4-Day School Week?

   In response to a near $900,000 loss in the county’s education budget back in 2010, Peach County located in the southern part of Georgia decided to change to a 4-day school week. This move put them among the 100 or so districts across the country to implement such a system. Districts see this system as a way to cut down on cost to fight against slashing cuts in school budgets. The new system involved 4, 10 hour days, with no class on Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays. School officials released statistics on the change-up: 

A-F Grading System for Michigan Schools

The Michigan State Board of Education opposed A-F grading of schools and in supported  a non-letter grading accountability system. However, according to Michigan Radio, the A-F system is up for consideration again. "Lawmakers say it’s an easy way to show how schools are doing" and holds schools accountable.

Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?

Traditionally favored by private and parochial institutions, school uniforms are being adopted by US public schools in increasing numbers. One in five US public schools required students to wear uniforms during the 2013-2014 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004. Mandatory uniform policies in public schools are found more commonly in high-poverty areas. Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes.

Paid Based on Performance?

Merit pay is a performance-based pay bonus for teachers based on criteria set by the school such as having the highest test scores. Merit pay is often highly debated since it can be seen as an incentive for teachers to focus on thest scores rather than developing students' life skills. 

https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/detroit-public-schools-goes-big-for-teacher-merit-pay

Michigan One of Five States with Educational Decline

The Center for Michigan recently came out with an article declaring that education for all students, regardless of race/age/wealth, has declined in Michigan over the past several years. Michigan is falling behind as a state on achievement levels and early reading abilities. The white higher-income students have gone from being 17th in 2003 for national fourth grade reading, to 45th in 2014, and 50th in 2015. Michigan is actually one of only 5 states whose reading performance has declined at all since 2003. Broken down, only 9% of fourth grade black students were reading proficient in 2015.

Technology and Robotics Programs

In our ever changing and growing society, technology is becoming more and more prevalent each day. As older students, we see growing enrollment in computer science and programming classes. At a young age there is a fascination with robotics. Recently, the Michigan Department of Education granted 10 schools funds for Robotics departments. This is certainly something that the schools are excited about, as well as kids who are realizing their interests at such a young age. There are many debates on whether this funding was fairly given.

Changing Academic Year Scheduling

The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education has just raised a proposal that would change the allocation of school days throughout the year for the Washington Writers’ Academy and the Woodward School for Technology and Research. They are requesting that rather than keeping their 81 day summer recess, the school year would be broken up with a 31 day summer break and three 16 day breaks throughout the year. The overall number of school days would not change, rather the distribution.

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

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Federal After-School Programming Cuts (Mackenzie Chyatte)

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

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Lack of Emphasis on STEM Subjects in K-12 Education (Peterson Ianakiev)

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

External Forces Influencing K-12 Educational Attainment (Ciancio & Tsontakis)

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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