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State releases new scorecard for ranking schools

August 21, 2013 | AP  The 2013 School Accountability Scorecards were made public Tuesday.     

The new system assigns colors that correspond to how well or how poorly schools and district's perform. Green is the highest ranking, while red is the lowest.     

Rankings partly are dictated by student proficiency on state tests, and graduation or attendance rates.     

Michigan received a flexibility waiver last summer from the federal Education Department under the No Child Left Behind Act that eliminates Adequate Yearly Progress reports. One of every five Michigan public schools failed to meet yearly progress goals under the federal law in the 2010-11 school year.

Online:      Scorecards: https://www.mischooldata.org  

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Kalamazoo students defend district amid textbook criticism
Kalamazoo MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Several Kalamazoo students turned out at a school board meeting to dispute allegations by a man who held a hunger strike to highlight what he believes is a problem with the district's textbook policies.    
3 contestants win annual Pure Michigan Hunt contest
Lansing MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Three contestants have been named winners of the sixth annual Pure Michigan Hunt and will receive a number of licenses and more than $4,000 worth of gear.    
Michigan men arrested at tunnel not big threat, cops say
Detroit, MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Police in Windsor, Ontario, say two Michigan men accused of bringing illegal weapons into Canada from Detroit didn't pose a national security threat.    
Boy who brought loaded gun to Michigan school gets probation
Traverse City MI  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  An 11-year-old boy who brought a loaded gun to his northern Michigan school has been placed on probation for two years.    
Community Health Systems announces deal with Metro Health
WYOMING, Mich.   January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A Tennessee-based company is taking a significant financial interest in Wyoming-based Metro Health system.   
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625-pound man sentenced to prison in fake bomb threat case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A 625-pound western Michigan man has been sentenced to at least a year-and-a-half in prison for a fake bomb threat.   
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Health officials confirm first Michigan measles case in 2015
LANSING, Mich.  January 23, 2015  |  AP  State health officials have confirmed the first reported case of measles in Michigan this year and say it may be associated with a recent outbreak at California's Disneyland theme park.   
Significant drop in union membership in first full year of right to work
  January 23, 2015  |  MPRN  Michigan unions saw a significant drop in membership during the first full year of the state’s right-to-work law.   
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Gov. Rick Snyder issues flag order to honor former lawmaker
Lansing MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags displayed at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a former lawmaker who recently died.    
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to visit Detroit Economic Club
Detroit, MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is set to speak at a Detroit Economic Club meeting next month.    
Detroit water department offers to reconnect Flint to system
Flint MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Detroit's water department has offered to reconnect the city of Flint to its system amid residents' concerns that Flint's water is unsafe.    
DTE Energy sued for cutting old trees in Oakland County
Bloomfield Twp., MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A lawyer known for personal-injury lawsuits is taking on a utility over the destruction of trees in Oakland County.    
Man, teen charged in incident that closed US-Canada tunnel
Detroit, MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Authorities in Windsor, Ontario, have charged a Michigan man and a teenager with possessing illegal weapons in an incident that closed a busy tunnel between Detroit and Canada for three hours.    
Regulators: Work environment improves at Palisades plant
Covert Twp MI  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal regulators say the work environment has improved at Palisades Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan following concerns that drew attention last year.    
Bedbugs bigger problem in West Michigan, company says
  January 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A national pest control company says West Michigan saw a comparative double-digit jump in bedbug infestations last year.   
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Dems react as Dillon not named to key committee
  January 22, 2015  |  AP  State Democrats react after Republican leadership neglects to name the West Michigan lawmaker of their choice to a key state committee.    
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Religious freedom bill introduced again in new Legislature
  January 22, 2015  |  MPRN  Republican state lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to protect religious practices from government interference.    
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Michigan man sentenced for beating girlfriend with puppy
Kalamazoo MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he beat his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy, causing the animal's death.    
Arguments next in appeal over parole for young lifers
Ann Arbor MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  The state of Michigan is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision that would grant parole hearings to hundreds of prison inmates who were automatically given no-parole sentences as teens convicted of murder.    
Police: Big Rapids man shot arrows at officers
Big Rapids MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   A 27-year-old Big Rapids is facing 12 felony counts after authorities say he shot arrows at police officers while they were investigating an earlier assault.    
Democrats wait for details on planned merger of 2 agencies
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   Democrats in Michigan's Legislature are waiting to hear more details about Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to merge two large social services agencies in an effort to better help those on welfare and other government assistance programs.    
Snyder urges debate on protecting gays from discrimination
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder is urging the Republican-led Legislature to keep alive a bill that would amend Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.    
Snyder uses address to call for passage of sales tax hike
Lansing MI  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU   Gov. Rick Snyder has used his State of the State address to appeal to voters to approve an increase in Michigan's sales tax as part of a plan to boost spending on roads and bridges.    
Team Rubicon specializes in diaster response and veteran career building
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  WGVU  Team Rubicon responds to natural disasters around the world…and here at home. It’s a disaster relief organization comprised of military veterans leveraging their skills saving lives. Team Rubicon founder, Jake Wood, spoke Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce 127th Annual Meeting.   
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City manager apologizes for withholding union worker raises
LOWELL, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  A city manager in western Michigan has apologized for withholding raises and taking other actions against city workers who joined a union.   
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Snyder promotes trades training after State of the State
WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  Gov. Rick Snyder is promoting apprenticeships in the skilled trades as a way to ensure students and others can fill in-demand jobs.   
Arguments heard in appeal over parole for young lifers
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  The state of Michigan has asked an appeals court to overturn a decision that would grant parole hearings to hundreds of prison inmates who were automatically given no-parole sentences as teens convicted of murder.   
State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.3 percent
LANSING, Mich.  January 21, 2015  |  AP  Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues its rapid decline, falling 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent in the latest month. That's down a full 2 percentage points in the past year.   
Snyder follows up State of the State by continuing push for skilled trades
  January 21, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder says his effort to promote skilled trades is one reason he doesn’t support repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law.   

New tourism leader excited about Michigan's possibilities
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  The new person in charge of promoting Michigan tourism calls it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.    
Snyder to discuss third-grade reading standards in speech
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Gov. Rick Snyder will make third-grade reading a focus in his annual State of the State address.    
Aretha Franklin sings 'Amazing Grace' at King Day event
Detroit, MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  The Queen of Soul has helped mark Martin Luther King Day in suburban Detroit, accompanying herself on piano while singing "Amazing Grace."    
Snyder to merge state social services agencies
Lansing MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will announce plans in his State of the State speech to reorganize two state agencies in an effort to better help people in poverty.    
Bell's Brewery to mark 30th anniversary with September event
Kalamazoo MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Bell's Brewery plans to celebrate 30 years of commercial sales of its beer during a September event in Kalamazoo.    
Detroit could become leader in marijuana dispensaries push
Detroit, MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  Detroit could become a leader in the push to make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in Michigan.    
"Average mom" Sybrina Fulton gun control and Civil Rights advocate
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  When Sybrina Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012, she was thrust into the national spotlight. Not only was her son gone, but his character tried in a court of public opinion. Fulton found support in faith, family and friends. Visiting Grand Rapids on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, she sat down with WGVU expressing her dedication to creating social change.    
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United Way Honors MLK With Service Projects
Grand Rapids MI  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  As part of numerous activities honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Heart of West Michigan United Way participated with its annual “Day of Service.”    
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Recent laws provide access to overdose antidote
  January 20, 2015  |  WGVU  With increased heroin usage across the nation, new laws in Michigan offer better access to a drug that can help reverse an overdose.   
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State health and human services departments to merge, unions fear outsourcing
  January 20, 2015  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder will announce during his State of the State address tonight that two of the state’s largest departments will merge.   
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