DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits signatures late in hopes GOP Legislature will act

BY: - August 10, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan submitted more than 500,000 signatures Wednesday to get the proposal in front of the GOP-led Legislature. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, missed the June […]

Nessel joins coalition of AGs opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents […]

Whitmer conducting search for Strayhorn’s replacement on state Board of Education

BY: - August 8, 2022

Citing “new academic and athletic opportunities” that will require relocation outside of Michigan, former Michigan State University football player Jason Strayhorn has resigned from the state Board of Education. Strayhorn, who was elected as a Democrat in 2020 to the eight-member board, said in a July 29 letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that while serving […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

BY: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

Jill Biden during Detroit school visit: ‘See how far we’ve come since March two years ago’

BY: - July 21, 2022

First lady Jill Biden on Thursday touted a set of summer enrichment classes carried out at Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts on Detroit’s northwest side. Biden, a career college English professor, thanked the state’s largest school district and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for their local and state efforts to support public school education, particularly […]

The pandemic isn’t over — but are schools over COVID protocols?

BY: - July 20, 2022

The days of state-mandated COVID-19 protocols in schools may be over, but parents and educators still want there to be some mitigation efforts so that the virus doesn’t wreak havoc on students during the fourth school year during the pandemic.  Jennifer Tuksal, a parent and co-founder of Michigan Parent Alliance for Safe Schools (MiPASS), a […]

How Michigan legislators and leaders are combating AAPI hate through education and activism

BY: - July 18, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increasingly faced discrimination as a scapegoat for the coronavirus as leaders like former president Donald Trump spread racist and xenophobic sentiments, referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” Meanwhile, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have disproportionately faced the effects of the coronavirus. The […]

Whitmer signs record $20B education budget

BY: - July 14, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Flint’s Mott Community College on Thursday to sign a $19.6 billion education budget to address student resources, school safety, school infrastructure, teacher retention and more. The state’s K-12 budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 is the largest education budget in Michigan history, with a historic investment of $9,150 per student. […]

Education chairman: Hillsdale College’s charter hopes in Tennessee are ‘shattered’

BY: - July 14, 2022

The chairman of Tennessee’s House Education Administration Committee says Hillsdale College’s plan to operate dozens of charter schools in Tennessee has been “shattered” by comments the conservative Michigan college’s president made about teachers and colleges of education. Rep. Mark White, R-East Memphis, in a Facebook post, vehemently disagreed with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, contending […]

What is (and isn’t) in the state’s biggest K-12 budget yet?

BY: - July 13, 2022

Education advocates across the state applauded the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 School Aid budget after it passed through the Legislature earlier this month, focusing on the increase of per-pupil funding, investment in safety and mental health and extra funds to attract new teachers.  However, some believe the budget doesn’t offer enough to encourage teachers and […]

Whitmer, Republicans strike deal on $76B budget with hikes for schools, roads, more

BY: - July 1, 2022

After spending 18 hours in session starting Thursday, the Legislature passed a $76 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023 early Friday morning, meeting its July 1 deadline.  Some of the big winners in the largest budget in history, which has an 8% increase from the FY 2022 $70 billion budget, include K-12 public education, retired […]

Oxford students file lawsuit seeking independent review, policy changes after mass shooting

BY: - June 21, 2022

A federal lawsuit filed last week by 19 Oxford High School students seeks “a fully transparent and independent third-party investigation” into the events that lead to last year’s mass shooting that left four students dead and six other students and a teacher wounded. The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, names the […]