Education

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

BY: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

State reports 140 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in last week

BY: - November 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,259,261 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 23,315 have died from the virus — an additional 17,008 cases and 83 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Black parents push back against right-wing attacks on ‘critical race theory’

BY: - November 20, 2021

Danielle Atkinson recalls being outraged after learning about an incident that took place five years ago at Royal Oak Middle School located in suburban Detroit.   It occurred the day after former President Donald Trump’s win in November 2016. A group of Latino children were eating when white students began chanting at them, “Build the wall,” […]

Whitmer announces at-home COVID test kit pilot program for students and school staff 

BY: - November 19, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a new pilot program Thursday to equip students in some schools with at-home COVID-19 tests as Michigan heads into the holidays and currently tops states for the most cases in the last week.  The program, MI Backpack Home Tests, is an […]

After flu outbreak at U of M, health officials plead with public to get vaccinated

BY: - November 17, 2021

Following a massive flu outbreak at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus — the school reported 511 cases there in the past two weeks — state health officials are urging Michiganders to get the influenza vaccine and continue to wear face masks.  “As we head into respiratory virus season, it is important to take […]

As young children get vaccinated, families feel the ‘freedom of our pre-pandemic life’

BY: - November 16, 2021

Last month, Allison Gallinati sat in a hospital room, watching over her 6-year-old daughter, Avery, who was struggling to breathe due to COVID-19 complications and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). “We were within a couple hours of her being intubated when she suddenly started responding to the medication. We spent a lot of time wondering if […]

Michigan tops 1.2M total COVID-19 cases

BY: - November 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,209,712 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,862 have died from the virus — an additional 21,034 cases and 95 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan education groups oppose ‘extreme and exaggerated’ anti-CRT bills

BY: - November 11, 2021

A coalition of education groups made up of history educators joined together in opposition of two state bills that they say “misconstrue Critical Race Theory (CRT).” The Michigan Council for the Social Studies, the Michigan Council for History Education, Michigan Council for Teachers of English, Michigan State Social Studies Supervisors Association, and the Michigan Association […]

In Dearborn, Congressional Dems highlight Build Back Better Act’s early childhood investments

BY: - November 9, 2021

A group of U.S. House Democrats toured Wayne Metro Community Action Agency’s Early Head Start Program in Dearborn on Monday and highlighted the importance of critical early childhood investments included in the President Joe Biden-led Build Back Better Act. “It’s always a refreshing day when you spend time with children,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell […]

State reports 104 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

BY: - November 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,166,517 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,521 have died from the virus — an additional 8,911 cases and 47 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Whitmer vetoes voucher-style education bills 

BY: - November 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday a number of bills that would give tax credits to Michiganders who contribute to a scholarship program for non-public schools. House bills 5404 and 5405 and Senate Bills 687 and 688 would have created Michigan Opportunity Scholarship accounts for families to use on education or learning expenses and tax credits […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Empower paraprofessionals to address Michigan’s teacher shortage

BY: - November 8, 2021

It’s no secret that school districts across Michigan are struggling with a teacher shortage—and both teachers and students are struggling as a result. Without adequate staff, schools are forced to resort to larger class sizes, increasing teachers’ workloads and making it more difficult for students to get the individualized attention they need to succeed. In […]