Education

Why U of M fired President Mark Schlissel on Saturday night

BY: - January 16, 2022

The University of Michigan Board of Regents on Saturday night made a surprise announcement that it had fired President Mark Schlissel and replaced him in the interim with former President Mary Sue Coleman, noting in a statement that it had “full confidence that she will provide the leadership our University community needs during this critical […]

Breaking barriers: Michigan’s only Historically Black College set to reopen this spring

BY: - January 16, 2022

Even before the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design debuts in Detroit on May 2, it is shattering records.  The school will become the country’s first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to ever reopen — and education leaders said the institution is poised to make Detroit an epicenter of design and champion Black […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Schools need a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention

BY: - January 15, 2022

Last month, a community right here in Michigan was devastated by a mass shooting that took place at a school.  I wish I could say the Oxford High School shooting was an isolated incident, but as we’ve all observed over the past two decades, school shootings have become an all-too-common occurrence. We cannot bring back […]

Experts: Michigan has seen ‘astounding’ growth revenue last fiscal year

BY: - January 14, 2022

Michigan budget experts on Friday reported an “astounding” rate of growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which ended Sept. 30, with preliminary actual state revenue surpassing forecasts from even before the COVD-19 pandemic began. In total, the state collected $29 billion of revenue from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. In January 2020, before […]

How omicron is making another COVID school year even worse

BY: - January 14, 2022

Kathleen Lucas, a mother from Zeeland, was nervous about sending her daughters back to school after the holidays, especially since Ottawa County rescinded its school mask mandate earlier this month, even with COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant surging.  Lucas’ 7-year-old daughter, Emerson, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after being exposed […]

11 lawmakers absent from first session day of 2022, Senate OKs anti-vaccine resolution

BY: - January 13, 2022

Three Republican and eight Democratic members of the Michigan Legislature were excused from session Wednesday, the first time both chambers have met since 2021. In the 38-member state Senate, Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) were excused from session. The House has 106 members and four vacancies. State Reps. […]

Rep. Damoose: ‘Everybody in this room is a little sick’ at Chatfield allegations

BY: - January 12, 2022

State House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), who succeeded former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), didn’t talk on Wednesday about the sexual assault accusations against his predecessor. But other GOP House members, including the legislator who took over Chatfield’s seat, are speaking out. “I know nothing more than anybody else does about this. I’m just disgusted […]

State education board passes measure countering GOP’s ‘critical race theory’ bills 

BY: - January 12, 2022

The Michigan State Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday to counter the anti-critical race theory (CRT) bills introduced in the Legislature last year, but it didn’t happen without lengthy debate among board members and hours of public comment.   Tuesday’s meeting stretched nearly 10 hours due to hundreds of public comments.  There was an organized […]

Michigan sets new record Monday for COVID hospitalizations

BY: - January 10, 2022

Updated, 6:38 p.m., 1/10/22 with comments from DHHS Michigan set a new record Monday for the highest number of patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 4,580 adults currently hospitalized. An additional 321 adults are hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19. Of the 830 confirmed COVID-19 patients who […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

While you were out: Gov. signs school sub bill, woman isn’t charged for tweets on COVID lies

BY: - January 3, 2022

Michigan news and politics stop for no one. But in case you took a much-needed break for the holidays, here is your Michigan Advance roundup of some key news developments from over the break. Through the end of the 2021-22 school year, legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 23 will allow “trusted staff […]

From the schoolhouse to the state House: Burned-out teacher finds new way to advocate for students

BY: - January 3, 2022

When Kyle Zawacki first started teaching nine years ago, he thought he would retire as a teacher. Then came a pandemic and politicized fights about critical race theory (CRT) between school districts, parents and teachers, which became too much for Zawacki to bear.  Zawacki, who was a social studies and Native American studies teacher at […]