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How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 01:18 am
Agreed Joan - please check out this FB page: Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
Bob April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Not sure what everyone is smoking here.....i sit down EVERY nite w/ my daughter on her elementaryRead More homework. It is challenging and the school / teachers doing great job. She has art, fieldtrips, sports....will be well prepared for college...and yes, this is a public school. I am not a teacher like my parents...but I did go to Stanford and stayed at a holiday inn.
Tom Stroup April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
So let me get this straight: The organization who supports this plan conducted their OWN poll andRead More found that the respondents like it? And the article suggests they had to explain the plan to each respondent? Did they explain the other 3 plans accurately? This article is just a way for this group to get some positive publicity for THEIR plan. Lets have an honest and open debate on all 4 plans and see which is best...
Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
joe smoe April 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit raceRead More crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 8, 2014 at 04:38 pm
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything toRead More harm anyone.
The Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended distribution to Dearborn public school students of a flyer promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt because the event does not have a religious component. (Patch file photo)
Dale Behler April 8, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Daniel.....I doesn't seem that you have read all the comments on here. The concern of most peopleRead More is not so much whether or not to allow religious content in public schools as it is allowing preferential treatment of one religion (Muslims in Dearborn), while strictly enforcing restrictions against similar special accommodations for other religions (usually Christians). It's a matter of having equal treatment for all religions, not just one.
Michael Matigian April 8, 2014 at 06:52 pm
We All need to remember to get out and Vote !!!! That is our only tool Vote and May God Bless allRead More of us
laplateau April 8, 2014 at 07:44 pm
Daniel...what an ignoramus. Your comment brilliantly illuminates what you so rudely label as lack ofRead More mental capabilities. You not only did not take the time to read all forgoing comments, but you have no understanding of whatsoever of the first amendment to our constitution...which plainly says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Do you REALLY think that applies to this issue? Try reading a bit...like the constitution itself, also the the plethora of writings by our founding fathers. In doing so, you might just be able to avert sounding as if yousuffering from a lack of mental capabilities in the future.
A firestorm erupted on Twitter last week after some Howell teens sent racially charged Tweets after a basketball game.
Art March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm
jackie miller, was that suppose to be funny, or was that statement just a dumb as you are?
roger hawrylicz March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'm thinking this Art is a little unbalanced with the way he expresses himself,lol! I can just seeRead More this little twit hunched over his keyboard with saliva foaming at the corners of his mouth while he bangs away at the letters. What a loon!!
jackie miller March 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
Art, you are what you want to be, so keep being ignorant. You do are doing a great job at it...LOL
Howell High School student Cassie Bondie defended her school and her community in a letter to the editor. The bottom line: This isn't who we are, she said. (Photo: Howell Main Four student publication)
stephanie pytlowanyj March 22, 2014 at 06:56 am
No, I don't believe this is going to end for a while. The school district is taking care of theRead More problem, however somehow this issue got brought to the media's attention which is fueling the fire. Hoping for the students the issue gets out of the media and back within the school district for them to continue to deal with. The tweets occurred surrounding a school activity and the school should be allowed to take care of it, out of the glare of the media.
Howell school officials say "four or five" students sent racially charged Tweets after the school's all-white team beat a predominantly black team in state basketball playoffs. The students face "corrective action." (Patch file photo)
Sue Burstein March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Considering the "hitler" reference in the tweet, I would suggest that a field trip the theRead More Holocaust Museum in FH would be appropriate. I agree with those who have concerns about freedom of speech. So, rather than trying to undermine a basic freedom in this country and apply it willy nilly using the "diversity" card - "intimidation" card - or any of the PC cards, let's give these kids an up front kick in the arse about what this kind of thinking promotes. The Holocaust, anti-Semitism and racial intolerence doesn't just happen. It runs deep, and is taught somewhere. So teach what happens from it when a group is singled out. On the other hand, I supported the nazis right to march in Skokie, I support Farakhan's right to make all his anti-Semetic remarks, I support speech that I loathe...becuase if I don't , who will support my rights under the 1st amendment. That is far more important in this country than some stupid teenagers' tweets.
Blogger Zod March 22, 2014 at 01:01 am
Freedom is not free, keep that in mind. you have rights and obligations as well. the students haveRead More the rights to say what they want, and the school deserve the rights to punish those students for inappropriate behaviors especially to matters related to the school, in this case ( game). I think people misuse the constitution time and time over, if i'm not mistaken I think the constitution states that all men are created equal (no mention of race) and it was writen in the 18th century but up until 1964 some people in this country were denied minimum rights. the person who wrote the bible and the person who reads the bible cannot have the same interpretation of the bible, so in the same context we can interpret the constitution as we like. bottom line is that if we allow the white students to tweet racist nonsense and the black students respond ...guess the rest. Americans==hypocrites , we need to practice what we preach not just when it suit us. else we should stop calling ourselves free-world and other nonsense.
Sherry Spehar March 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
The longer the Press can drag this out,the longer they think that they can sell more papers.I guessRead More they are short on material.
O'Doul's has trace alcohol content of less than .05 percent, but it's against the law to serve it our other "near beers" to minors in the state of Michigan. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)
Bill March 19, 2014 at 07:14 am
Teachers who think outside the box tend to be the ones who connect with the children and keep theirRead More interest. Could she have used better judgement, and read the label - probably. But in her defense, here's a marketing line for O'Doul's: "O'Doul's is a premium non-alcoholic beer. O'Doul's Amber offers the same non-alcohol benefits with a richer look and taste." False advertising...? Also, have you looked at the ingredients of some of the meds we give our kids? Does this lapse of judgement warrant a misdemeanor or any other discipline - no. Hey, I bet the kids remember the lesson!
stephanie pytlowanyj March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is old news from over 2 weeks ago; does the media just need something "controversial"Read More to report? On a side note, check the alcohol content in cough syrup. Here's a site to see what you and/or your child are ingesting: http://www.mssny.org/mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/File/CPH/AlcoholContent.pdf
Stacy Paalanen March 19, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Parents have control over the meds they give their kids, a teacher would not be making that decisionRead More without you, so that is not really a comparison; it is probably why there were no official complaints made to the school though.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Suit of the Loom" was made almost entirely with Rainbow Looms contributed by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Schools students in Farmington Hills, MI. (Photo: Screenshot, YouTube video)
al carter March 1, 2014 at 09:08 am
What a great story of true compassion and how a simple gesture grew to wonderful results!
Susie Hensoldt March 1, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is wonderful! God Bless the OLS students and everyone involved in this beautiful story!
anne powder March 1, 2014 at 05:16 pm
This is the kind of news people want to hear. The journalist should have included who the staff areRead More that encouraged these kids to be so generous. Staff like that make a difference in kids' lives.
This screenshot of the video, which has been posted on YouTube, reportedly shot by a Michigan teacher shows a 10-year-old boy with autism wiping tears as he tried to free himself from a classroom chair.
blue March 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Was the room designed for autistic children? That chair has a very large opening in the back. ARead More Montessori school designs the classroom with the utmost importance. In fact, teachers don't even have a desk in the classroom. A while back I remember seeing fifth graders sitting on Swiss balls in their classroom. What's wrong with figuring out the logistics before the beginning of the school year.
Sherry Spehar March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I like Blue's comments.If this child was frustrated like this,he probably would have found anotherRead More way to act out.It takes an exceptional teacher to deal with autistic children.I am sure that I am not patient enough to do this.The original teacher should have called for backup if she felt overwhelmed .
Bob March 10, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Dispicable...."teacher" has no empathy...should choose another profession.....terrible....
Wind chill values as low as -35 prompted Fenton Public School officials to call off classes Tuesday. (Patch file photo)
stephanie pytlowanyj January 28, 2014 at 09:16 am
I can't believe Baker college didn't cancel classes today due to the dangerous weather. All of theRead More major universities closed: U of M Ann Arbor (first closing since 1978), EMU, CMU, SVSU, and then the local colleges U of M Flint, Davenport, & Mott.
Linda January 28, 2014 at 09:19 am
The powers that be must think that because the students are not little kids, that the cold doesn'tRead More affect them as much. Cold is cold and is dangerous at any age.
stephanie pytlowanyj January 28, 2014 at 09:24 am
Agreed! Apparently the issue is Baker is on terms, not semesters so they have a shorten period ofRead More time for education. However, safety and common sense should come first. I know I won't be happy if something happens to my student that attends Baker.
Fenton Area Public Schools voters will decide an $11 million bond issue on May 6, 2014.
stephanie pytlowanyj January 1, 2014 at 09:20 am
The tittle of this article is misleading. If you read the article it states taxes may not increaseRead More for the first year. Sorry, but I'm on a fixed income, and am taxed enough!
Don January 2, 2014 at 04:06 pm
The Fenton Intermediate School system is getting very scary. It can no longer fund itself and isRead More running out of money fast. They can no longer afford to provide basic services like busing and they are passing these cost off onto the parents by making it to difficult to ride the bus forcing them to drive their kids. I expect to see taxes soar or Fenton Schools to fail on their budget.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Linda November 16, 2013 at 07:52 am
While I agree that learning cursive is important, there is nothing in the CC that relates toRead More eliminating the teaching of cursive writing. There are a few areas of the standards that want students to write using technology, because the emphasis is on helping students become career and college ready. Technology is vital to reach that goal. Some schools did away with teaching cursive years before CC arrived.
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Linda November 10, 2013 at 06:52 pm
As I sit here just finishing my weekly lesson plans and attaching CC standards, I think most of theRead More criticisms are unfounded and are born of ignorance of the true meat of the standards. First, they do not tell teachers what to teach, such as which books, etc. They focus on skills, such as recognizing and understanding certain types of rhetoric in a given piece of literature. In comparison to Michigan's standards, they are roughly the same. As for focusing mostly on math and science, that's simply not true. There is a huge set for Language Arts and there is a set focusing on literacy for science, social studies and technology. This part of the standards emphasizes cross-curricular reading and writing. As our school is becoming fully aligned to CC, we have not had to replace any textbooks. Textbooks are not, and should not be, the basis of any curriculum. Before you jump to any conclusions, please talk to teachers and other educators who are working with, and familiar with, the standards.
Jordan Genso November 11, 2013 at 04:29 pm
Linda, I agree that I think they were reaching when trying to find "balance" for thisRead More article. The first 'Con' is just false, as Common Core was done by the states, not the feds. And while there may be "fears" about what it will do to the arts, those fears are based on nothing but the fear of change. The link in the second 'Con' is an editorial by someone that is assigning much more power to Common Core than reality ("Busywork is the name of the game with the Common Core"? Really? The Common Core are standards, not content. It's about where the students should be, not how they should get there. And you're going to blame the Common Core for your child's school getting rid of recess!?!).
"Girl Stolen," a novel by April Henry, is no longer available to fourth graders at Lake Fenton Schools after the father of a 9-year-old complained it was too sexually explicit and violent. Photo: Author April Henry's web site.
stephanie pytlowanyj November 9, 2013 at 11:22 am
Thank God this parent was diligent!
Linda November 9, 2013 at 01:23 pm
As much as the book was deemed inappropriate by school district officials, there are manyRead More inaccuracies and ommissions to this story.
Fenton school officials deny any wrongdoing at Pocket Aces Poker Room, whose operations were suspended this week by the state gaming board. Photo: Elizabeth Janney for Patch.com
stephanie pytlowanyj October 26, 2013 at 11:55 am
Seems like this is a way of raising money that the school should have stayed away from as it doesn'tRead More set a good example for the kids and now has caused legal issues for the district.