Join the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) - a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation – as they celebrate public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.
Detroit Public Schools
Last night, the #MISenate passed a plan that avoids a costly bankruptcy, relieves crippling debt, and restores local control of a new Detroit Community District. Detroit’s children cannot be left behind generation after generation. Students deserve functioning schools and parents deserve to have choice in meeting their kids’ educational needs. This plan will improve educational and financial outcomes through increased accountability and oversight to offer a fresh start toward a bright future. Detroit’s children are not receiving the education they need and deserve, and that threatens the future of all Michigan students. It is our responsibility to be the adults in the room and fix the problems with Detroit Public Schools. Bankruptcy is not a decision we can live with.
Senate Republicans approved a Fiscal Year ’17 budget that improves state government by continuing our commitment to and investment in key priorities, like educating our kids, public health and safety, and economic development, while making government more efficient and effective and without increasing taxes on Michigan families. For the sixth consecutive year, we have finalized the state’s budget months ahead of schedule, providing assurance for local governments and school districts when planning their own budgets.
National Ski Association
In 1905, Carl Tellefsen announced the formation of the National Ski Association with himself as its first president. Ishpeming Ski Club President Carl Tellefsen proposed holding a meeting after the 1905 jumping meet to found a ski association which, among other duties, would oversee jumping tournaments. In 1905, the association was formally organized during a meeting attended by officers from the Ishpeming, Minneapolis, Red Wing, Minnesota, Stillwater, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin ski clubs.
February is Career and Technical Education Month
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. It's about raising public awareness on the crucial role that CTE programs have in preparing our students for success. With much of the U.S. economy evolving to a new era of advanced technologies, CTE programs have become essential to the economic success of future generations. In fact, eight out of 10 of the nation’s most sought after employees are ones with degrees related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Michigan Admission Day
What is now Michigan was first settled by various Native American tribes before being colonized by French explorers in the 17th century and becoming a part of New France. After the defeat of France in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. The territory was finally ceded to the newly independent United States after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. Eventually, in 1805, the Michigan Territory was formed which lasted until it was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state following the Toledo Strip negotiations. The state of Michigan soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
January 25 – 31 is National Drug and Alcohol facts week. The week is about shattering false information about drugs that teens collect from the internet, TV, movies, music, or even from other friends. Additional information can be found at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week.
State of the State 2016
Looking Forward to the Year Ahead
How to read caution and informational signs you may see along the trail, along with 10 tips to stay safe.
Winter Tourism in MI
With more than 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails, and abundant terrain for snowshoeing, Michigan is the perfect state for those seeking all the adventures that winter Michigan ranks has to offer.
National Radon Action Month
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that forms from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rocks throughout the world.
Senate Republicans led efforts to pass the Theresa Flores Act, which eliminates the statute of limitations for trafficking offenses and commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses. The bill was signed into law in October of 2014.