Education

U of M nurses approve new four-year contract

BY: - October 3, 2022

After working without a contract since July 1, approximately 6,200 University of Michigan nurses have voted to ratify a tentative agreement. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) said its members had “overwhelmingly” approved the deal in voting that concluded Saturday.  The new contract, which runs through March 31, 2026, is effective […]

Before Roe v. Wade, U of M activists worked with clergy to connect students with abortion care

BY: - October 1, 2022

“So! You’ve just found out your [sic] pregnant,” Andrea Way, an abortion counselor, wrote in the September 1972 edition of Her-Self, a feminist newspaper published in Ann Arbor from 1972 through 1977. “Suppose that you’re one of the happy minority – one of those who can easily support and love a much-wanted child,” Way continued […]

Dearborn mayor: Rally opposing library books was an effort by ‘bad-faith actors’

BY: - September 30, 2022

Dearborn’s mayor says a protest Sunday against the inclusion of LGBTQ+ books in the city’s high schools was an effort by “bad-faith actors” trying to tear the community apart. Abdullah Hammoud, the city’s first Arab-American and Muslim mayor, was responding to a rally last Sunday in front of Dearborn’s Centennial Library in which several hundred […]

Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

Foley says book industry marginalizes Black, queer people like him 

BY: - September 26, 2022

Author and journalist Aaron Foley on Saturday said at a Banned Book Week event that the publishing industry too often ignores the Black queer community in America.  “When it comes to writing about queer things and queer books, the industry will push a couple of white authors and say, ‘Well, here’s all your gay books.’ […]

Schools and childcare centers would get lead-free water filters under bills passed in the Senate

BY: - September 26, 2022

Two bills that streamline improving water quality in schools and childcare centers passed the Michigan Senate last week. The bills would install lead-free water filters and develop other water safety plans to be implemented in schools and childcare centers.  Senate Bills 184 and 185 were introduced by Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint). […]

EMU faculty overwhelmingly approves new four-year contract after strike

BY: - September 26, 2022

Updated, 2:36 p.m., 9/26/22 A new labor agreement including major increases in salary and retirement compensation, as well as protections for health care coverage, has been overwhelmingly approved by members of the Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP). Following an email vote that began Tuesday and concluded Friday, 96% […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: What’s the best way to lower the cost of college in Michigan?

BY: - September 24, 2022

In my most recent column, I opined that President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt would do little to address the high cost of getting a four-year college degree or higher. I also outlined a variety of reasons why college has become out of reach for so many, including […]

As the GOP ramps up anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, advocates worry about the toll on kids

BY: - September 23, 2022

As attacks on LGBTQ+ people have begun to harmonize toward a pre-election crescendo, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) had had enough. In fact, he’d had more than enough.  Taking the floor of the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, Moss blasted a GOP-sponsored resolution condemning teacher training videos from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), which have […]

Nurses reach tentative contract agreement with University of Michigan

BY: - September 22, 2022

The union representing about 6,200 Michigan Medicine nurses who have been working without a contract since July announced Thursday the group has reached a tentative agreement with the University of Michigan, which would avert a potential strike, end mandatory overtime and boost wages to recruit and retain workers. Members of the Michigan Nurses Association-University of […]

During Banned Books Week, Dixon supports a ban on ‘pornographic’ books in schools

BY: - September 21, 2022

Updated, 7:08 p.m., 9/21/22 GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon announced during a Tuesday press conference outside the Michigan Department of Education in Lansing that she would consider banning “pornographic” books in K-12 schools if she were elected governor.  This is just the latest attack on books in K-12 schools, largely on books that cover race […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]