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Back to School

Back to School

By Beth Milligan

Thousands of area students are preparing to head back to school. So what are some of the key issues facing educators this school year? Here are four subjects to study up on.

Declining Enrollment
A decade-long trend of declining enrollment continues to squeeze school budgets both locally and across Michigan. K-12 enrollment is down over 11 percent statewide in the last 10 years, according to the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information. At Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), enrollment has declined from 10,887 students in 2004-05 to a projected 9,900 students for the 2015-16 school year – an almost 10 percent reduction.

“The schools outside of town are where the most decline is happening,” says TCAPS Superintendent Paul Soma. “The schools within Traverse City are full or beyond capacity. That’s something we’re going to have to grapple with.” more

Today

The Village Outdoor Farmers Market

12:00pm The Village Outdoor Farmers Market: Held on the Piazza, GT Commons, between Cottageview & Red Dr., TC every Monday through Oct. Offering farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, & much more. www.thevillagetc.com more

HBAGTA Membership Meeting

4:30pm HBAGTA Satellite General Membership Meeting: Held at the Leelanau County Building in Suttons Bay. Featuring an open forum with Steven Haugen, Leelanau County Building official/inspector. Register: 946-2305. more

Concert on the Lawn

7:00pm Concert on the Lawn: Featuring Harry Goldson & Friends, with Miriam Pico & David Chown. Grand Lawn, GT Pavilions, TC. Free. www.gtpavilions.org more

Live Music: Rare Bird Brew Pub

7:00pm Live Music: Rare Bird Brew Pub, TC. With Mike Moran. www.rarebirdbrewpub.com more

Tuesday, September 1

Almost FREE Classes

7:30am Almost FREE Classes: At Yoga for Health Education, TC. A benefit for Oil Free Great Lakes. www.oilandwaterdontmix.com more

Flower & Bird Walk

10:00am Flower & Bird Walk: Identify the flora & winged fauna at Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. www.grassriver.org more

Drink + Draw

5:00pm Drink + Draw: Hosted by street artist Chase Hunt & Crooked Tree Arts Center. Right Brain Brewery, TC. Bring your sketchbook. www.crookedtree.org more

Growing through Grief

6:30pm Growing through Grief: Children who have experienced loss are invited to garden at the Traverse City Children's Garden, located behind the Traverse Area District Library, TC. Children will work together to plant, weed, water and harvest the vegetable garden, & then will be led through artistic activities that will help them express and work through grief. 935.3089.
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