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MSU president Simon: 'We're making progress'

President Lou Anna Simon and MSU are on a good run. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

The dean of Big Ten university presidents is showing no signs of slowing down, stepping aside or coasting. More

Students give nutritious school lunches low grades

John Jeffrey, 7, of Sterling Heights eats a cucumber. Two years after new guidelines on school lunches went into effect, participation is down. Photos by Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Healthier lunches full of leafy greens and whole grains will again be on menus in districts across Michigan when school opens Tuesday. But school officials say it's a tough balancing act. More

Garden City Schools offer accelerated learning — in elementary schools

Kelly Depriest, a teacher at Garden City's Memorial Elementary, speaks with her accelerated first-graders during a brief meeting. 'I like the programs because my kids are challenged, and they get to work in groups so they're not doing everything individualized, and they get to work on projects,' said parent Melanie Nunez. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

High school might be too late to begin taking Advanced Placement classes. First grade would give students an earlier jump on the competition. More

Policymakers having buyer's remorse on Common Core

Hearings on legislation to repeal Common Core academic standards in the House Finance Hearing Room at Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 8. Kyle Robertson / AP

— Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse. More

Eastern Michigan making campus security upgrades

Ypsilanti — More security cameras and lights are being added to Eastern Michigan University's campus as the school upgrades security. More

Charter school authorizers propose evaluation plan

Authorizers of Michigan's charter schools have proposed establishing a voluntary accreditation and standards system after state education officials cited performance, transparency and oversight deficiencies for one quarter of them. More

Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

Columbus, Ohio — Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on the matter open. More

Michigan State enrollment expected to be about 49,700

Michigan State University says enrollment for the 2014 academic year is expected to be about 49,700 students, a slight increase over last year. More

19 Michigan schools getting $114M in federal aid to boost achievement

The School Improvement Grant funds are being given to the 'priority schools' in the bottom 5 percent of the state's Top-to-Bottom rankings, beginning this fall. The recipient schools include 10 in Metro Detroit. More

Program pushes Detroit students' safety for coming school year

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade cites success at reducing crime around Cody High School. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

— When students return to school next week, some will notice bright, painted footprints leading them to their buildings. More

Detroit school district cancels staff pay cut, larger class sizes

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager said Tuesday he is canceling plans to boost class sizes and cut employee pay 10 percent in the state's largest school district. More

For Detroit children, getting ready for school includes visit to zoo, new shoes

Jaedyn Jones, 6, of Detroit, reacts to seals inside the polar passage along with his grandmother Pamela Jones at the Detroit Zoo on Tuesday August 26, 2014. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

— Skechers, Meijer and the Detroit Zoo partnered Tuesday to make sure when Detroit Public School students get back to the classroom next week, they will be getting started on the right foot. More

Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision

Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at schoolteachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state's new right-to-work law. More

Michigan school chief jabs DPS over pay cuts on Twitter

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan scolded Michigan's largest district Monday on Twitter, urging Detroit Public Schools to come up with 'a better solution' to its fiscal problems than employee pay cuts. More

1st day of school in Pontiac brings day of many firsts

Angela Hartsfield of Waterford Township pre-enrolls her granddaughter Tamiya Lacy, 2, during the Pontiac Schools pep rally Saturday. School starts Monday in the district. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

When students at Pontiac High School arrive today for the first day of school, chances are it'll be the first day in the district for the teachers standing in front of them, too. More

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