Month: February 2014

Gov. Snyder: MEAP Exams Show Encouraging Progress, But State Has More Work To Do

EAA schools making early gains as more students reach proficiency LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement on the statewide release of Michigan Educational Achievement Program scores on Friday: “It’s encouraging to see academic improvements in our state, especially in reading. That’s key, because this vital subject is the foundation for mastering many other subjects and lifelong learning. “We know we have more to do, which is why I’ve committed to continue to strategically invest in in education so Michigan students are prepared for colleges and careers. “Our P-20 approach is bolstered with an increase in early childhood education, so our youngest learners are ready for kindergarten and beyond. We’re working on more effective evaluations so our hard-working teachers and administrators get the help they need. We’ve strengthened the high school and college connection, especially with regard to the STEM fields that will lead students to careers in in-demand fields. “We are in the early stages of the Education Achievement Authority, but already there is progress. “The EAA is for schools in our state that, for years, were struggling the most. The authority’s innovative and holistic approach focuses on bringing back on track children who had fallen far behind grade-level work with tailored learning and programs helping address the root causes for their academic struggles. “Overall, 38.2 percent of the EAA students tested on the MEAP...

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Fox News and Republican electoral gains cited in 2010 FCC study

Feb. 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—An Americans for Limited Government review of prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) studies on media ownership has revealed that media content monitoring is a regular practice at the agency, with one 2010 study even citing Fox News and its impact on Republican electoral gains in selected districts. “FCC Media Study No. 9: A Theoretical Analysis of the Impact of Local Market Structure on the Range of Viewpoints Supplied,” published by the agency in 2011 authored by Isabelle Brocas, Juan D. Carrillo, and Simon Wilkie in its literature review referenced a 2006 study, “The Fox News Effect” on the political, electoral impact of Fox News in certain regions. The 2010 FCC study summarized the findings: “indeed there is an impact of the Fox News introduction resulting in a somewhat higher vote for the Republican candidates than would be expected.” Overall the agency considered how media ownership shapes content and in turn political outcomes: “the ownership of media outlets matters viz-a-viz viewpoint, and that the informational content of a media market can have an effect on how people make decisions such as choosing whether or not to vote and, when they do, who to vote for.” “Why is the FCC concerned with how media ownership shapes political outcomes, voting behavior, and viewpoint diversity?” asked Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens. The FCC study’s literature review referenced...

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Legislative Polar Plunge — February 27

This is just a friendly reminder that the third annual Legislative Polar Plunge is tomorrow, February 27, at 3 p.m. in Lansing where Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and more than 20 Michigan Legislators will plunge into an icy pool on the Capitol Lawn. This one of a kind event at the Capitol provides plenty of funny moments and great photo and video opportunities for spectators and plungers alike, while helping raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes in the process. The Legislative Polar Plunge has raised more than $50,000 for SOMI athletes over the last two years. Bookmark It Hide...

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Snyder Media Advisory for Thursday, Feb. 27

Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will offer testimony on House Bills 5345-5352, which stem from the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission to the Senate Health Policy Committee. Location: Boji Tower – Senate Hearing Room 124 W. Allegan St. Lansing, MI Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Gov. Rick Snyder will offer remarks at a press conference on an innovative approach to funding child welfare services. He will be joined by Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan. For those who cannot attend the event, it will live stream at www.michigan.gov/snyderlive. For members of the media or others interested in embedding video, a unique code is available at www.livestream.com/snyderlive. Location: Judson Center 4410 W. 13 Mile Rd. Royal Oak, MI Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Calley will offer remarks and participate in the Legislative Polar Plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Location: State Capitol Steps 101 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:50 p.m. Snyder will offer remarks at the Detroit Chinese Business Association’s Annual New Year’s Gala. Location: Cobo Center – Riverview Ballroom 1 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI Bookmark It Hide...

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Casperson Bill Aiding Victims of Natural Disasters Sent to Governor

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson to assist those who rebuild structures lost to acts of God or natural disasters. “Disasters such as the Duck Lake fire in Luce County a few years ago result in widespread devastation that has long-lasting impacts on individuals, families, businesses and communities,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Through no fault of their own, property owners suddenly find themselves homeless or experiencing a great loss of property. The bill is meant as a small step to help them rebuild and carry on with their lives.” Senate Bill 396 would clarify state law to ensure that those who lose homes or buildings to acts of God, such as wildfires, tornadoes, or floods, would not be subject to higher property taxes when they rebuild a substantially similar structure within three years of the incident. In the spring of 2012, 136 structures were lost during the Duck Lake fire, which was the second worst forest fire in the state’s history. Of those structures, 49 were homes, cabins or businesses and 58 were garages or outbuildings. Current law punishes each of the property owners victimized by the fire with a higher property tax bill if they choose to rebuild, even if they choose to rebuild exactly the same structure, which Casperson said is “unjust, unnecessary and unreasonable.” Local officials and property owners...

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