Education

Gun control bills to be taken up by U.S. House panel in emergency meeting

BY: - June 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Following mass shootings in New York and Texas, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding an emergency meeting on Thursday to mark up gun control legislation — though it’s likely doomed. The package includes eight gun-related bills, known as the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” and they are expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House. […]

State reports 16 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 31, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 184 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Tuesday. Of those, 16 K-12 schools in seven counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 69 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school-and-sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly […]

Poll shows DeVos-backed education initiative lacks support

BY: - May 31, 2022

With one day left before ballot initiative signatures must be submitted to either land on the November ballot or get adopted by the Legislature, a recent poll released Tuesday shows most Michigan voters oppose the Let MI Kids Learn initiative.  The group is backed by Betsy DeVos, the former U.S. Education secretary under former President […]

‘Don’t say that we can’t do anything. Don’t say that now is not the time.’

BY: - May 27, 2022

For the second straight day, Republicans who control the Michigan Senate blocked Democrats from speaking out on proposed gun reform legislation. The Senate session was ended Thursday by the GOP majority before statements, the time normally set aside for senators to speak for up to five minutes on any topic of their choice. Some Democratic […]

Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […]

Tribal citizens brace for trauma, hope for healing with federal report on boarding schools

BY: - May 26, 2022

A first-of-its-kind federal report published this month on the history of Indian boarding schools signals the “very beginning” of a long national process toward healing deep generational wounds in Michigan and beyond, advocates say. So-called Indian residential schools — in which thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in schools […]

Michigan Republicans thwart Dem attempts to move gun reforms after Texas school shooting

BY: - May 25, 2022

Michigan Democrats renewed their call for gun reform legislation in the wake of a school shooting at an elementary school in Texas.  Democrats introduced a number of gun reform bills in 2021. After at least 19 elementary students and two adults were killed Tuesday at an Uvalde, Texas, school, Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday tried to […]

Whitmer proposes using additional state revenue to fund K-12 tutoring

BY: - May 24, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced a plan Monday to expand tutoring and other learning supports to respond to learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools initially were closed to in-person learning to stop the spread. During the pandemic, students have struggled with illness, grief, mental health issues and more. The MI Kids Back on Track program […]

Detroit schools strengthen civics course by including people of color, community engagement

BY: - May 24, 2022

During a social studies class at the all-girls Detroit International Academy, 10th grade students last week learned about a historic student protest that occurred in April 1966 at Detroit Northern High School.  The students took turns reading passages via laptop computer and discussed the incident with their teacher on Wednesday. They learned that the Northern […]

State reports 43 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools in the last week

BY: - May 23, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that 191 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks as of Monday. Of those, 43 K-12 schools in 15 counties are experiencing new outbreaks or clusters as of Monday that total 212 COVID-19 cases. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on […]

Fiscal leaders project $5B more in state revenue after ‘difficult deliberations’

BY: - May 20, 2022

With a healthy dose of caution, given economic uncertainty and international issues, state fiscal leaders concluded Friday that Michigan’s economic forecast has once again greatly exceeded projections. “Our revenues are in a great position, and there is a lot to be optimistic about,” state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. Combining the current fiscal year (FY 2022) […]

Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

BY: - May 20, 2022

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates. “To be crystal clear, this is about disrupting and destroying […]