New Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations – Implications for Michigan State University’s Teacher Preparation Program

In October, the federal government released new regulations for teacher preparation programs. As described in an earlier blog post, these regulations will require teacher preparation programs to be evaluated in new ways, primarily based on the placement and effectiveness of program graduates in their first teaching jobs. However, much is still unknown about how the …

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And now what?

I’m writing this on Tuesday, November 8 although by the time I post it the election will presumably be over. I’ve voted. Now I’m trying to not watch the results as polls start to close. I’ll go to bed at my usual time (ridiculously early FYI) and wake up tomorrow to see what there is …

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Privilege

At my 60th birthday party this summer, I made a few remarks about how fortunate I have been in my life: Born to parents who nurtured me. Born into a nation that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Born at a time and in a part of the world where science and public health greatly …

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Privilege

At my 60th birthday party this summer, I made a few remarks about how fortunate I have been in my life: Born to parents who nurtured me. Born into a nation that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Born at a time and in a part of the world where science and public health greatly …

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Independent Streams (week of November 7)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research. Problems Assault Weapon Ban Bill ‘Dead On Arrival’ Michigan Republican Says (link is external) MPLP alumni and State Sen. Ken Horn offers criticism on recent assault weapon ban bill. Mich. Educators Grapple With How Best to Close Computer Literacy Gap in Schools (link is external) MPLP …

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Aristotle Meditations

  If you’re in the habit of reading descriptions of old books—and why wouldn’t you be?—you’ve likely come across something described as bound in period style or in a sympathetic binding. This typically means the book was rebound relatively recently, but rebound in a style consistent with the time period of the book’s original publication. …

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Surviving an nVidia Driver Update

Scenario: I’m running Linux Mint 17.3 Rebecca (based on Ubuntu 14.04) on a PC with a GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 graphics card. My desktop environment is Cinnamon. The graphics card is a bit long in the tooth, but it’s been running fine with the supported nVidia proprietary driver for quite some time. Unfortunately, having no …

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Proposed Court Rule in Michigan to Waive Pro Hac Fees and Other Limits for Out of State Tribal ICWA Attorneys

Here. In ICWA cases, the tribe has a right of intervention in whatever state court is hearing the case of the tribal child. While it is true that the “tribal representative” does not have to be attorneys, when they are attorneys, there may be concerns about practicing without finding local counsel or using the local “pro hac” …

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Decoding Genius podcast

I’m interviewed in episode 2 of this podcast. ABOUT THE DECODING GENIUS PODCAST What exactly is a Genius? Are they born that way or can you become a genius? The world is now so interconnected that a single genius, whether a young Aussie creating mind-controlled machines or a ten year old building a high tech …

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FDA “Request for Comment” on FSMA Hazard Disclosure (or Not) – Regarding Food Fraud and EMA

Earlier this week FDA released “Describing a Hazard That Needs Control in Documents Accompanying the Food, as Required by Four Rules Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Guidance for Industry.” This was officially published in the Federal Register on October 31, 2016. Food Fraud (or EMA) was not directly addressed. This only defines how …

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