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Concrete pours into Michigan physics site

Local 25 Ironworker Steve Airola, of Lansing, readies for the next concrete pour at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

— The construction of a new national facility for nuclear science at Michigan State University is continuing with the addition of 140 truckloads of concrete. More

MSU gets anonymous $1 million gift for gay center

— An anonymous gift of $1 million will expand programs at Michigan State University's Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center. More

Charter schools more cost-effective in Michigan, 27 other states, study says

A report released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas says charter schools are more cost effective and have a higher return on investment than traditional public schools in 28 states, including Michigan. More

Michigan Department of Education plans hearing July 30 on future statewide test

— The Michigan Department of Education is holding a hearing next week for the public to comment on a new student assessment to be given to K-12 school students in the spring of 2016. More

Grand Rapids schools to send 90 layoff notices

Grand Rapids — The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is sending layoff notices to about 90 staffers as it projects losing another 400 students this fall. More

Grant helps launch nursing program for veterans

Flint — A $1 million federal grant to the University of Michigan-Flint will assist military veterans in earning an accelerated degree in nursing. More

Detroit schools, DIA begin transition to DTE Energy for electricity

— After a record number of school days were lost to power outages this year, officials with Detroit Public Schools are embracing a move off the Detroit Public Lighting grid. More

UM's new president: It's expensive to be among best in education, research

'Our responsibility is to be as efficient and as effective as possible with the resources we have,' Dr. Mark Schlissel said. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The University of Michigan's new president is only in his first week in office, but Dr. Mark Schlissel expressed high hopes when he was asked what kind of legacy he hopes to carve out. More

UM's Schlissel presides over first regents' meeting

New University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel presides over his first Board of Regents meeting at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor July 17. Mark Bialek / Special to the Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Donning a maize and blue tie, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel made one of his first major appearances on campus Thursday as he presided over the Board of Regents meeting. More

Teacher attrition costs U.S. $2.2B a year, Michigan $59.4M, report says

Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year, attrition that costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually, according to a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. More

Oakland University's new leader ponders if school should sustain growth

George W. Hynd comes to Oakland University from the College of Charleston. 'We need to be very strategic moving forward,' he says. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

When George W. Hynd takes the helm of Oakland University next month, he plans to examine whether the school should keep pursuing the rapid growth it has enjoyed over the past 15 years. More

UM, MSU, 5 Michigan colleges make list of world's best

Seven Michigan colleges are among the top 300 schools around the globe, according to the latest edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. More

Mike, Marian Ilitch give $8.5M to Wayne State

Detroit — An $8.5 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch to Wayne State University will be used to support research and development in surgical technologies. More

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