Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Local residents contributed to the report with comments at a March 15, 2012 forum.
The Center for Michigan has released a report based on last year's conversations about education held during community meetings across the state, including one in Farmington. On Tuesday, the Center published "The Public’s Agenda for Public Education", which represents comments gleaned from more than 250 public meetings and two scientific polls. According to "Message sent: Fix schools, send us the bill", posted Tuesday at bridgemi.com, more than 7,500 Michiganians participated in the initiative. Michigan State University economics professor Charles Ballard said the size of the sampling indicates the report "will be an accurate representation of public opinion on these issues.” It is being shared with state lawmakers. Among the findings …
Friday, March 16, 2012
A mix of educators, parents and other community members makes for a 'highly engaging discussion'.
A more rigorous curriculum. More support and resources for teachers. Finding a better way to fund Michigan schools. Those ideas and many more came from more than 20 Farmington school district residents who attended a community conversation on education, held Thursday at the district's Ten Mile Building in Farmington. The Center for Michigan, based in Ann Arbor, facilitated the meeting, one of 250 that will be held this year around the state. Facilitator Tanya Upthegrove said the combined group of educators, parents, elected officials and other community members made for a "highly engaging discussion". "It's good to have a mix," she said. "We want to make sure we're reaching a variety of audiences." The Center for Michigan will gather …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Patch is working with the Center for Michigan to facilitate community conversations on education, with key issues being sent to lawmakers.
A few spots are still available for tonight's community conversation on education, brought to Farmington and Farmington Hills residents through a partnership between Patch and The Center for Michigan, a think-tank that focuses on helping citizens drive important changes in the state. The center is leading conversations on education throughout the state. Today's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmington Public Schools Ten Mile Building, 32789 10 Mile Rd. You can still sign up online (contact Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch editor Joni Hubred-Golden, 248-534-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble with the form.) Correction: The time for this event was incorrectly reported in the initial version of the story.
Monday, March 5, 2012
We're working with the Center for Michigan to facilitate community conversations on education, with key issues being sent to lawmakers.
Whether they are driven by a love for teaching, a desire to see standardized test scores rise, a push for higher wages for teachers or frustration over diminishing school funding, people get passionate about education. People have rallied in Lansing, they fill school board meetings, and they write to legislators. They cheer for young people at sporting events and beam when students receive honors at awards ceremonies. Patch is now partnering with The Center for Michigan, a think-tank focusing on helping citizens drive important changes in the state. This year the center has been leading conversations on education throughout the state. Patch will be collaborating with local community organizations and leaders in Patch towns throughout …