Education

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

BY: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

State reports 46 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 176 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 46 K-12 schools in 17 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 343 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Six GOP candidates for governor say Whitmer should be criminally investigated

BY: - May 13, 2022

Squaring off at their first debate of the 2022 election cycle Thursday, six Republican candidates for governor said that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be criminally investigated for her handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right-wing media personality Tudor Dixon, self-described “quality guru” Perry Johnson, businessman Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano, activist Ryan Kelley […]

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of a U.S. policy that forced Indigenous children to attend boarding schools where they were abused, or went missing, detailed to members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel during a Thursday hearing the need for Congress to establish a truth commission dedicated to unveiling the traumas Indigenous children experienced at the […]

Nessel, families blast Oxford Schools for rejecting investigation

BY: - May 12, 2022

State leaders and families criticized Oxford Community Schools Wednesday for refusing an attorney general investigation into the events that led up to a deadly school shooting in November.  “My goal is not to assign blame, but to help identify ways to improve school safety for Oxford and all schools in Michigan. The school board’s unwillingness […]

Interior Department report details the brutality of federal Indian boarding schools

BY: - May 12, 2022

Updated, 7:22 a.m., 5/11/22 The atrocities committed at boarding schools designed and run by the federal government to eradicate Indigenous people were outlined by the U.S. Interior Department for the first time in a report published Wednesday. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland held back tears as she described the scope of the investigation that identifies 408 federal Indian boarding schools […]

Senate confirms MSU professor to Fed board, first Black woman in its 108-year history

BY: - May 11, 2022

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Michigan State University economist and professor Lisa D. Cook to become the first Black woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Cook was nominated by President Biden in January to serve on the board, which governs the Federal Reserve Bank, the central bank […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We must fight back against attacks on LGBTQ+ kids and adults

BY: - May 11, 2022

Right now, I am worried. Like many others in Michigan and across the country, I’ve seen the onslaught of homophobic and transphobic attacks coming at LGBTQ+ kids and adults from all angles, and I know the impact this kind of bigotry can have on people who are already marginalized. In just the past few weeks […]

State reports 48 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 122 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 48 K-12 schools in 14 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 287 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Fauci tells 2020 U of M grads to challenge ‘untruths’ while anti-vaxxers protest outside

BY: - May 8, 2022

The University of Michigan’s 2020 graduates on Saturday finally received the Big House ceremony they were denied two years ago, with Dr. Anthony Fauci fittingly giving the “comeback” commencement speech for the students whose senior year at the university was upended by COVID-19. Meanwhile, a caravan of cars and trucks circled Michigan Stadium, emblazoned with […]

GOP lawmakers inject abortion fight into budget bills

BY: - May 5, 2022

The Michigan House and Senate passed a slew of budget bills this week, but not without Democratic pushback on controversial measures included by Republicans lawmakers. One of the main sticking points for Democrats: Proposed budgets for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that would greatly restrict abortion access and funding, as well as […]

Here are all the Michigan ballot measures you could vote on this year

BY: - May 3, 2022

Walk along any of the high-traffic sidewalks on Michigan State University’s campus and you’re sure to be stopped by at least a few petition circulators working to gather signatures for one of more than a dozen ballot proposals being pursued in Michigan this year. Voters across the state could face a decision in the November […]