Education

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

‘Filter first’ school water bills get warm bipartisan reception at Senate hearing 

BY: - October 26, 2021

A set of bipartisan bills to ensure clean drinking water in schools and child care centers heard favorable testimony Tuesday before a Michigan Senate committee, where the legislation is expected to undergo further changes before being voted on. Senate Bills 184 and 185 were first introduced in late February by state Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) […]

Senate passes vaccine mandate ban for students, Dem calls bills ‘patently pointless’

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed Tuesday a number of bills that aim to limit vaccination and mask mandates for students as the fight over COVID-19 measures during the pandemic continues.  Senate Bills 600–603 would prohibit schools from requiring students to receive an emergency use authorization (EUA) vaccination to participate in school-related activities and would require schools […]

State reports 76 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

BY: - October 25, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,112,490 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,918 have died from the virus — an additional 7,856 cases and 56 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

New census data shows child poverty rates across the state fell before the pandemic

BY: - October 25, 2021

More than 16% of Michigan’s school-aged children are living in poverty, according to recently released census data.  The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which produces single-year estimates of poverty for all states, counties and school districts. The most recent data the SAIPE program has for […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Census prompts push for more Indigenous school lessons

BY: - October 22, 2021

Many American Indians and Alaska Natives say the dramatic increase in their numbers recorded in last year’s census supports their longstanding argument that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms. Even before the latest tally, there was a growing movement to infuse more Indigenous material into school curriculums — not only to […]

Here’s why political parties are already training candidates ahead of 2022 school board elections

BY: - October 21, 2021

There will likely be more than 1,000 open school board seats across the state in 2022, and local and national political groups are already gearing up to find candidates.  But local education leaders are saying the school board isn’t the place for partisan politics — and they’re concerned this could further divide local communities over […]

Republicans pass voucher-style education bills that opponents say are unconstitutional

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Republican-led state Senate and House passed bills Tuesday that would give tax credits to Michiganders who contribute to a scholarship program for nonpublic schools, which Democrats are blasting as an unconstitutional voucher program.  “We know that these bills are unconstitutional, and we know that mechanisms for private donors to support public schools already exist. […]

Macomb Co. parents group demands school mask mandate amid soaring COVID cases

BY: - October 20, 2021

As Macomb County leads school COVID-19 case spikes, a parents group is again calling on the Macomb County Health Department to institute a countywide mask mandate in pre-K-12 schools. Macomb County Parents for Safe In-Person Schools notes that neighboring Oakland and Wayne counties in Southeast Michigan have mask mandates in schools and are not seeing a sharp […]