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Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Education is facing criticism from a conservative education group for not publishing A-through-F letter grades for public schools.

A 2018 law requires the agency to have assigned each school a grade in five categories by Sept. 1 and each year following. But the department does not plan to release the initial grades until March.

The Great Lakes Education Project, a pro-school choice group with ties to the DeVos family, says it spent just 20 hours using 2017-18 data to calculate letter grades. It says the State Board of Education should "hold accountable" state officials for violating the new transparency law.

A spokesman says the Education Department has been clear all along that the new accountability system, based on 2018-19 data, will not be ready until March.


SBM Religous Liberty Law Section Annual Meeting set for Nov. 18

The Religious Liberty Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will hold its annual meeting from 3-5 p.m. Monday, November 18 at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. In addition to voting and naming new officers, the meeting will include a discussion on current religious liberty concerns in Michigan. Constitutional Law scholar, author, and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren will be the guest speaker addressing “When Legal Protections to Religious Freedom and Sexual Freedom Collide.” Updates will be shared on the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case, as well as proposed amendments to the Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 2(F), currently scheduled for a vote before the SBM’s Representative Assembly at its April 2020 meeting. If passed, the amendment would be recommended to the Supreme Court and would have a far reaching affect on judges if enacted. Also up for discussion are two recent Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship cases where two federal judges ruled against universities for discriminating against the organization in violation of the U.S. Constitution and religious liberty laws. The event is free to attend. For more information contact Tracy Lee at (248) 535-2095.


DBA to hold Detroit Legal Services Clinic November 19

The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.


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