Midwest Memo: Michigan Names Struggling Schools, Small-Business Owners Lament Dearth of Qualified Candidates

Three stories making news across the Midwest today:

1. Michigan’s low-achieving schools named. A list of 98 schools in Michigan deemed “low achieving” was released Friday by the state’s Department of Education. More than half of the schools are located in Wayne County, which includes Detroit. Fifty-eight of the schools also earned the same designation last year, according to the Detroit Free Press. In 2010, the state enacted a law that created a state reform district to include the state’s worst-performing schools.

2. Chicago teachers reject proposal. A proposal to lengthen the school day for Chicago students by 90 minutes has met swift rejection from the Chicago Teachers Union. District officials said teachers would receive a 2 percent raise, but union president Karen Lewis tells our partner WBEZ, “they’re asking us to do 28 percent more work for 2 percent – so do the math, it’s not coming out.” Chicago students receive 166 fewer hours of classroom instruction than the nationwide average, school district officials said.

3. Hard to find good help? Some small-business owners in Ohio say they’re having a hard time filling job openings in the Cleveland area because they cannot find workers will needed skills – or with much interest in working. They tell the Plain Dealer in Cleveland that some workers appear complacent because they can fall back on unemployment benefits. “With this economy, I’m very shocked at how hard it is to find skilled help,” car-care center owner Mike Paradise tells the newspaper.

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