Diana Dillaber Murray, The Oakland Press

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Past articles by Diana:

Smith Middle School pupil wins 2016 Oakland Press Spelling Bee

Divya Aggarwal, 13, out-spelled 79 other Oakland County local school champions Sunday to win the Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee and a free trip to Washington D.C. To compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. → Read More

Teen hopes for adoptive family to support his goal to be a U.S. Marine

Thirteen-year-old Ethen hopes someday to be a U.S. Marine, but until then, he needs a loving family that will support his goals and join him in the many activities he enjoys. → Read More

Boy wants to be police officer

Twelve-year-old Damon has plans to be a police officer, but first he hopes to be adopted by an active family with an older brother and sister to help him realize his goals. → Read More

Adoption: Future auto designer longs for family to share activities, achievements

Jacob, 16, enjoys math and science and hopes one day to be a car designer. → Read More

Human trafficking task force continues to make difference

Human trafficking is becoming so much of a concern that a statewide commission and task force have been formed to stop the people who coerce, threaten and/or abduct mostly young people with false promises to perform sexual acts or do labor with no pay → Read More

Teen would like adoptive family that enjoys doing activities together.

Fourteen-year-old Fredrick said his favorite subject in school is math, with gym a close second. → Read More

OU prof’s study points to ways to increase African American males’ school achievement

Terrance McClain’s 40 years of experience working with African American teens through his ministry and in community outreach in Georgia, Ohio and Michigan motivated him to want to find a way to help black male youths to overcome whatever barri → Read More

Parent leaders ask state to put M-STEP assessments on hold for this year

The Michigan Parent-Teacher Association has joined Clarkston PTA Council in an appeal to the state for the “immediate cessation of the M-STEP assessments” that are scheduled to start April 13 for the first group of children in third thr → Read More

Teen who loves repairing cars, cycles looks forward to adoption

When 17-year-old Nathaniel imagines life with an adoptive family, he pictures bowling or hunting with his new dad or playing video games with his new brother. → Read More

Group proposes to close failing schools and create a zone of innovation

The Great Lakes Education Project has proposed closing Pontiac High School and other schools in Southeastern Michigan and sending their students to surrounding schools in what would be called an Education Innovation Zone. → Read More

Parent aim to opt their kids out of new state tests

Parents in several Oakland County school districts plan to boycott the new online M-STEP state assessment, a temporary replacement for the traditional MEAP tests that will be given to children from third through eighth and 11th grade beginning April 1 → Read More

OU’s first medical school graduating class opens envelope to future

Emotions were high among senior students at Oakland University William Beaumont Medical School all week as the first graduating class waited for “Match Day” Friday, March 20, to learn where they would → Read More

Brian Whiston, former Oakland Schools official, picked for Michigan school superintendent

Dearborn school Superintendent Brian Whiston, who is a former Oakland Schools director, a long-time Waterford Board of Education member, and the 2014 Michigan Superintendent of the Year, has been offered the position of state school superintendent. → Read More

State school board says Snyder violated Constitution by reorganizing school reform board

The state Board of Education issued a statement early St. Patrick’s Day afternoon saying Gov. Rick Snyder’s action to move the State School Reform/Redesign Office from the Department of Education to the Department of Technology, Manageme → Read More

More teens jumping ahead to college classes while still in high school

Matthew Williams graduated from high school in 2013, armed not only with his high school diploma but with a two-year liberal arts degree from Oakland Community College that placed him in his third year at University of Michigan Ann Arbor that fall. → Read More

Stem cell research at OU may lead to easing pain, saving sight

In the not-too-distant future, doctors may be writing prescriptions for stem cells to cure your ills instead of chemical drugs that often have side effects. → Read More

This winter harsh, but winter woes hit school districts harder in 2014

By Diana Dillaber Murraydiana.dillaber@oakpress.com, Twitter @Ddillybar → Read More

OU event prepares administrators to handle life-threatening emergencies

David Charlton told an audience of more than 50 administrative professionals at Oakland University how he saved a man’s life by using hands only CPR until emergency medical technicdians arrived to take over. → Read More

Oakland County schools try to keep enrollment up and maintain quality programs

Enrollment in Oakland County public schools has declined by close to 10,000 students since 2007, which has not only caused school closings but a loss in state aid, which is based on a per-student formula. → Read More

More than 700 walk to help people keep warm this winter

There is still time to donate to the effort to pay heat bills for those who can’t afford to keep their furnace running in this frigid winter, said Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency officials who put on the annual Walk for Warmth at Great → Read More