American Library Association

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – The term “family engagement” describes a shared responsibility among families, educators and communities to support children’s learning and development. Building upon the early-childhood literacy success of Every Child Ready to Read@ your library® (ECRR), PLA established a Family Engagement Initiative in 2015 to help libraries serve families of all types with children of all ages. […]

K12 Education

MICHIGAN: FIRST Robotics Students Inspire State Board of Education

On April 26-28, the Detroit – For Inspiration Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) World Championships were held, hosting over 15,000 students and 40,000 spectators from all around the world, including of 111 Michigan teams. It is with great excitement that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) share two Michigan teams, Stryke Force, Kalamazoo and Team RUSH, Clarkston were part of the winning alliance for this year’s game, FIRST POWER UPSM. […]

K12 Education

Treasury: 529 Plans Provide Michiganders a Way to Save for College

In honor of April as National Financial Literacy Month, the Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding Michiganders about the importance of saving for college and using a 529 plan as a way to save. A 529 plan is an education savings plan designed to help families set aside money for future education expenses. Contributions provide state income tax deductions and earnings in a plan grow tax free and are exempt at the federal and state level. […]

K12 Education

Upper Peninsula Lags the Rest of Michigan in Saving for College, New Michigan Education Trust Survey Finds

The study by the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program discovered that 47 percent of U.P. families are saving for college, compared with 56 percent in Southeast Michigan and 53 percent in both South-central and West Michigan. The Saginaw Bay region, also at 47 percent, is the only part of the state with an average savings rate as low as the U.P.’s. […]

Disabilities Act

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Cheryl Granzo of Belding as well as the reappointments of Deana Strudwick of White Pigeon and Stephanie Peters of Eaton Rapids to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities. […]


Michigan Department of Civil Rights Receives Grant to Advance Racial Equity in Kalamazoo

Lansing, MI – The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) has awarded the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) a $20,000 grant to advance racial equity in the city of Kalamazoo. MDCR will partner with the city to strengthen community partnerships and develop a racial equity lens to better analyze and address the issue of fair housing in the city. […]

K12 Education

Michigan invests $2.5 million in local schools to grow FIRST Robotics teams, inspire next generation of STEAM professionals

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan leads the nation in FIRST Robotics teams, and $2.5 million in state grants will help even more students benefit from the experiences of working with professionals and being inspired by seeing real-world applications of STEAM subjects, said Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. […]

K12 Education

MICHIGAN: Senate introduces bills to build stronger talent pipeline with expanded tools for K-12 schools

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan students would receive even more tools to explore, receive training and land one of the state’s thousands of good jobs available now and into the future under bills introduced today in the state Senate, said Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis and State Superintendent Brian Whiston. […]