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AAPS Administrators & Staff Spend BIG On Meals Out, Travel and Luxury Hotels Then Propose Cutting Student Programs

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by P.D. Lesko Now is the Winter of Our Discontent. To hear AAPS insiders tell it, the atmosphere at the Balas Administration building is like the Court of King Richard III, the atmosphere unhealthy, the established nobles at odds with the upwardly mobile members of the AAEA teacher’s union. What the tax-paying peasants have been [...]

March 7th, 2013 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

At the University of Michigan Hospital, the 1 Percent Tell the 99 Percent To Tighten Their Belts

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by P.D. Lesko Republicans, Tea Partiers and malcontents have blamed Obamacare for the rise in health insurance premiums. Republicans in Washington complain that Obamacare will result in soaring costs for health care providers. Progressive Washington DC think tank Think Progress offered a different explanation for the rising cost of health insurance premiums. In August 2012, [...]

December 10th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Money | Read More »

Locals Outraged Reprimand of EMU Prez Was Made Public, While Commentators in Academe Say: “Fire Her Now!”

Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University's president.

by P.D. Lesko Dr. Susan Martin, Provost and Senior Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, is probably wishing right about now her parents had chosen a different name. The other Dr. Susan Martin, the President of EMU, is presently embroiled in a scandal that, EMU insiders posit, may yet force her resignation. College trustees loathe [...]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

AAPS Documents Reveal Middle and High School Classes Have 40+ Students

Like Sardines in a Can

by P.D. Lesko Between 2003 and 2010, while total enrollment in Ann Arbor’s middle and high schools fell, average class sizes increased significantly, and so have actual class sizes, resulting in classrooms stuffed with 10, 12 and sometimes even 20 students more than the District’s class size targets. Class size targets for 2011 were 23-25 [...]

April 20th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials

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by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first [...]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Michigan K-12 Education—$40 Billion Gets Us The New Jim Crow

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By P.D. Lesko Last year at this time my two sons, ages 10 and 13, were advanced in reading, mathematics and science, according to their work on the MEAP tests. This year, one son is advanced in social studies and that both are Level 2 proficient in reading and mathematics. Their overall proficiency scores dropped [...]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Taxes | Read More »

In Wayne County $729,675,152.78 in Federal Stimulus Money Went to K-12 Education

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As A2Politico revealed in a February 23, 2012 post: The amount of stimulus funding send from Washington, D.C. to Washtenaw County between 2009 and 2011 is a staggering $767,218,458 million dollars, the 4th largest amount given out within the state. That’s $2,222 dollars for every resident of the county. It’s also significantly higher, per capita, [...]

February 29th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Money,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

New Study: Michigan’s High-Income, White Students “Sinking in Academic Achievement”

Word Cloud created using the text of the AAPS current Strategic Plan

by P.D. Lesko In Ann Arbor, it’s the achievement gap that gets the starring role in the ongoing drama enacted on a regular basis by both members of the Board of Education, as well as the District’s paid professionals. This is a drama that has been playing for, literally, the past decade. There is nary [...]

February 10th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

300 Michigan Science Faculty, Collectively Paid $45M/Year, Sign Letter Protesting Union For Their Grad Assistants

by P.D. Lesko The bumper sticker is a classic one: If you’re against abortion, don’t have one. Limiting the rights of others is often mistaken for standing on principle. The University of Michigan graduate student research assistants (GRSAs) have decided to unionize. They signed cards in order to show that there was solid interest among [...]

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

Deliverance: 411 on the 313—Charter Schools, Political Payback & Union Busting

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by Warren Liverance Of late, our legislature and governor have set their sights on the reform of the public education system. According to a February 22, 2011 Free Press article “more than 50 percent of high schools have fewer than 10 percent of their students ‘college-ready’ with 230 high schools having 0 percent ready.” (I find [...]

January 5th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Deliverance,Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

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