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Four Years Later Ethics Problems Still Haunt EMU Governmental Relations Director

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The only former Ann Arbor City Council member having a worse time of it politically than Downtown Development Authority Board member Joan Lowenstein (former Ward 2 Council member) is former Ward 3 Council member Leigh Greden. Lowenstein, who has contributed to and backed a bushel of losing Council candidates in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 [...]

September 9th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,Politics | Read More »

U of M Lecturers Participate In FLASH MOB To Call Attention To Contract Negotiations

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by P.D. Lesko The University of Michigan’s Lecturer’s union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), entered talks for the group’s fourth contract with on November 30, 2012. LEO, as the union is known, represents some 1,500 full-time and part-time non-tenured faculty who teach on all of the college’s campuses. Headed by behavioral [...]

February 4th, 2013 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | 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 House Republicans Pass Bill That Strips Grad. Students of Right to Unionize

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Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed he has no interest in starting a Right-To-Work war in Michigan. Whether he has been telling the truth may become very clear, very soon. The Michigan House quickly approved SB 0971, legislation that bans the unionization of graduate student research assistants (GSRA) at public universities. There was no debate [...]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Higher Ed Experts Call President Obama’s ‘College Affordability’ Speech at U of M “political theater of the worst sort”

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by P.D. Lesko President Obama came to Ann Arbor to tell the country that federal aid to colleges should be tied to tuition costs. Federal aid to students would remain untouched, and a cranky Congress would have to pass the President’s proposed plan. The reactions were swift and in some cases revealed thinly veiled contempt—and [...]

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Occupy Colleges Plans National Teach-in to Support Occupy Wall Street: No Michigan Colleges Participating

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by P.D. Lesko After successful October 13 Student Solidarity Protests around the country, including on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan, Occupy Colleges plans nationwide Teach-ins at colleges and universities. You can watch a video of the October 7th protest at the University of Michigan below: According to a piece published in the [...]

October 25th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Michigan Ranked Amid World’s Top Colleges. U of M Official Says, “Students Shouldn’t Use Rankings.”

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Rankings. Best luxury car. Best restaurant. Best city to raise a family in. Best college. Editorial teams know that rankings sell. Rankings sell magazines better than sex in some cases. The annual ranking of American colleges by U.S. News and World Report puts painful pinpricks in over-sized academic egos every year as colleges and universities [...]

October 13th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Legislature Reforms Teacher Tenure: Education Experts Recommend Michigan Residents (1) Rejoice or (2) Mourn

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As you might imagine, A2Politico gets lots of press releases. We never simply reprint press releases as “news.” That would be cheating, as any fourth grade teacher knows. Yesterday, A2P got several press releases concerning the same news story. The press releases, however, present very different perspectives. This is the first press release, from the group [...]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Pell Grants For Summer Study Eliminated—20K Students Impacted At Local Institutions

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The end of the year-round Pell Grant program is here. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Pell Grant award maximum per student was $5,500. In the 2008 academic year, it is estimated that the average Pell Grant awarded was $2,770, which covered approximately 42 percent of tuition and related expenses in the average U.S. four-year [...]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

U of M Cops Can No Longer Issue Bans For Life

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David Jesse, former higher education reporter for AnnArbor.com, reported in the Detroit Free Press, that thanks to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, officials at the University of Michigan have decided to eliminate lifetime bans. Reporter Jesse went to work for the Freep in February of 2011 shortly before a newsroom purge [...]

June 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

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