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Gay Pride Flag Burned at Michigan College

gay flagThe President of Albion College, Donna Randall, has condemned students involved in burning a gay pride rainbow flag. The burning followed  the college’s Coming Out Week. Albion is a private Michigan college that is associated with the Methodist Church and has about 1,800 full-time students.

The Huffington Post reports that Randall released a statement saying the school “has taken the situation very seriously” and “condemns harassment of any member” of its community. The statement further said the behavior is reprehensible and that appropriate action would be taken in response.

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College Students Face Time for Stealing Giraffe Head

Image via The Grand Rapids Press

Image via The Grand Rapids Press

What started as a prank is turning serious as five Calvin College students may face five years in prison for vandalizing a fiberglass giraffe statue. The students beheaded the roadside animal, which once stood as a landmark along I-196 in Grandville, MI. The five young men who took the animal back to their residence have been cooperative with authorities, reports The Grand Rapids Press.

“It was a college prank and destined to become a dorm room mascot,” Detective Andrew Measell, of the Grandville Police Department, said. “They apparently realized it became unwieldy to take anywhere.

The suspects, who were not available for comment, were arraigned in Grandville District Court on charges of larceny over $1,000. “I’d like the vandals to understand that it is wrong to take what does not belong to them,” said Steve Disselkoen,  a vice president of Grand Rapids Outdoor Advertising, who purchased the animal to accompany a billboard. He also commented that the prank was quite dangerous, due to the proximity of power lines.

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Communication & Media Arts High School in Detroit, Michigan Featured on NBC’s School Pride

Communication & Media Arts High School

Communication & Media Arts High School

Communication & Media Arts High School in Detroit, Michigan featured on NBC’s School Pride.

Production and renovation for on NBC’s School Pride occurred from August 1 to August 7, 2010.

Established: 1992

Grades: 9-12

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Michigan Schools Lauch High-Tech “Blended” Classes

Image Via WZZM13.com

Image Via WZZM13.com

Starting Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, high schoolers will begin taking classes in a new format. The new “blended learning” curriculum endeavors to make students more technologically literate, while expanding their approaches to learning.

In the blended course, students will study two subjects, social studies and math. The system is scheduled around a three-day program. The first day is taught in a traditional classroom setting, and the following two days involve meeting with other students and teachers to work on technology-based projects.

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Numerous Detroit Public Schools to Close

lockedAs a result of a $219 million dollar budget cut, 25 percent of the 172 Detroit, Michigan public schools will close starting in June of this year.

The loss comes from a plan to “create a leaner, smarter [Detroit Public School District] by taking into account city-wide demographic trends,” according to Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager for Detroit’s public schools.

From 2000 to the beginning of 2008, the metropolitan Detroit area lost 150,000 jobs due to decline of the auto industry. According to The Detroit News, the number of Michigan residents leaving the state rose 25 percent between 2001 and 2007, while the number of new residents moving in fell by nearly one-third.

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Detroit Announces School Closings and Teacher Layoffs

detroit-public-schoolsThe times just keep getting tougher for Detroit. In a statement released Thursday, the district announced it planned to close 23 schools and layoff 600 teachers in an effort to close the gap on a more than $300 million defecit. The 195-school district is struggling. Enrollment is down by about half since the 1990s, probably in part due to a struggling auto industry forcing families out of the city. The district has been deemed to be in a state of financial emergency by Robert Bobb, a financial overseer put in place by the governor after the superintendent was let go in December.

What does this mean for the students? About 7,500 students will be re-organized to different schools. Read the rest of this entry »





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