Charter school authorizers propose evaluation plan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Authorizers of Michigan's charter schools have proposed establishing a voluntary accreditation system after state education officials cited performance, transparency and oversight deficiencies for one quarter of them.
The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers announced its plan Friday, which was submitted to the Department of Education. It would create a commission to evaluate charter authorizers in nine categories and recommend suspension for those deemed to be not accredited.
The department this month put 11 chartering agents on notice of possible suspension. They have until Oct. 22 to fix their issues.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced last earlier he would review Michigan's 40 chartering agents after a Detroit Free Press investigation questioned charter oversight.
The council is composed of 10 chartering agents but includes authorizers of the majority of charter schools.
Vigil marks man's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a former U.S. Marine.
The Flint Democrat stood alongside family members of Amir Hekmati Friday morning at Dunlop's Downtown. Hekmati was born in Arizona, raised in Michigan and his parents live in the Flint area.
Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers and sentenced to death for spying. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence, but he later was convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Kildee says in a statement that Hekmati has been "wrongfully held ... for crimes he did not commit."
He adds Iran could show it "is serious about rejoining the global community" by releasing Hekmati.
Man arrested in Palmer Park shooting death
DETROIT (AP) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 42-year-old man in the parking lot of a Detroit splash park.
Officer Jennifer Moreno says Friday that investigators also are looking into whether the Aug. 15 slaying of James Foxhall may be connected to two other shootings in or near Palmer Park.
An autopsy shows Foxhall was shot multiple times.
The suspect's name was not released. No charges have been filed. Moreno says he was arrested this week after checking into a mental institution.
Equality Michigan says victims in the other shootings are transgender women. Equality Michigan is an anti-violence and advocacy organization serving the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV communities.
GRAND RAPIDS STABBING
Police: Woman held after man fatally stabbed
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a woman has been taken into custody after a man was fatally stabbed at a Grand Rapids apartment.
Police say they responded to the stabbing about 12:45 a.m. Friday and found that 33-year-old James Arthur Washington had been stabbed multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned.
Witnesses told police that Washington had been involved in a fight with a woman who also lived at the apartment. Police say they searched for the woman in the hours after the stabbing. The Grand Rapids Press reports they located her near the apartment around 6:30 a.m.
The 36-year-old woman is being held pending a review of the case by Kent County prosecutors. Her name wasn't immediately released.
POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED-MICHIGAN
Prisoner, 16, dies after struggle, shooting self
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old prisoner has died after shooting himself following a struggle where a police officer was wounded outside a Bay County juvenile facility.
Sheriff's Lt. Jim Chlebowski says the boy died around 9 p.m. Thursday at a hospital. The Bay City Times identifies him as Vincent Leo Derocco-Goulet. WSGW-AM reports an autopsy is planned.
Authorities say the officer was shot in the right hand about 1 p.m. Thursday after the boy grabbed his gun in Hampton Township, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. Police said the officer was taking the boy to the juvenile home.
Chlebowski says the officer is Huron County Deputy Ward Carter, who was working as a part-time officer for the Sebewaing police department. Chlebowski says Carter has been released from the hospital.
Michigan State enrollment expected about 49,700
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says enrollment for the 2014 academic year is expected to be about 49,700 students, a slight increase over last year.
The preliminary figures were presented to the school's Board of Trustees on Friday. Last year's enrollment was around 49,300.
The school received more than 32,200 applications. This year's entering class is expected to be about 7,890 students, slightly higher than last year.
The official count of enrolled students will take place Sept. 22, one-quarter of the way through the fall semester.
ROSA PARKS ARCHIVES
Lawyer: Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5M
DETROIT (AP) - A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million.
The sale was made to a foundation run by Howard G. Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Howard Buffett confirmed the purchase Thursday but declined to disclose the price. Lawrence Pepper, a lawyer for Parks' heirs, told The Associated Press it was $4.5 million, with 12.5 percent going to an auction house.
Pepper says 20 percent of the balance goes to Parks' relatives. The rest will go to the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in Detroit.
Parks became a pioneer in the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
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