Schools “capital”-ize on insurance opportunities

Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Olivet College last week announced an alliance aimed at supporting job growth in Michigan’s growing insurance industry.  

Representatives of the schools signed a partnership agreement for coordinated curriculum programs for Cooley’s new Master of Laws in Insurance Law program.

The partnership agreement will join Olivet’s risk management and insurance program with Cooley’s juris doctor and master of law programs, creating only the second such educational program in the nation. 

“Our goal is simple: to make Michigan and Lansing national leaders in the insurance industry,” said Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc.

Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, called the move “a significant step forward in our community-wide efforts to make Lansing the Insurance Capital of Michigan.”

In the Lansing region, insurance companies are responsible for close to 8,000 jobs, and another 1,300 jobs are expected to be in by 2014. 

The schools also may created additional joint bachelor’s/juris doctor programs in the insurance area, and opened the possibility of establishing a paralegal program with an insurance emphasis.

Pontiac schools lose battle over No Child Left Behind

“The Pontiac Public School District lost the latest round in a lawsuit it filed against the No Child Left Behind Act,” according to a story in the Detroit News.

“The suit, which claimed the law, a U.S. Act of Congress for education reform, is an ‘unfunded mandate,’ ended in a deadlocked 8-8 decision and was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The judges deliberated for 10 months on the case. The district said the act requires school districts to spend their own money to comply with the provisions.”