Education

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

371 Michigan schools report COVID outbreaks

BY: - October 4, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,039,337 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,139 have died from the virus — an additional 8,704 cases and 62 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Parents rally for hospital workers, urge statewide school mask mandate 

BY: - October 4, 2021

Michigan parents in three cities rallied on Monday outside hospitals to show support for health care workers and called for universal masking in all schools to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Macomb County Commissioner Mai Xiong participated in the Royal Oak rally with her daughter.  “We wanted to come out and support our health care […]

Kids often struggle with money matters. A new bill in Congress aims to change that.

BY: - October 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) alongside U.S. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced a bill last week that would boost financial literacy in high school students by establishing a pilot program where students will be given an initial deposit and subsequent opportunities to have a set amount of their continued savings matched.  The bipartisan bill, the […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]

Biden to promote plans for infrastructure, childcare, college and more in Howell

BY: - October 3, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Howell on Tuesday to make the case for his “Build Back Better” agenda to address infrastructure, childcare, college, health care, environmental needs and more, the White House said Sunday afternoon. No other details of the trip were released. The Biden administration has been intensely negotiating in the […]

Mich. tribal leaders praise Warren bill addressing Native boarding school trauma

BY: - October 2, 2021

Updated, 6:11 a.m., 10/2/21 A bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would create a special commission for the federal government to uncover, document and begin to heal intergenerational trauma for Native people caused by so-called Indian boarding schools across the country. As the Advance previously reported, Michigan’s not-so-distant past includes the legacy […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Rural and urban kids face many of the same challenges

BY: - October 1, 2021

If you’re just passing through them, it may not look like rural and urban, including many surrounding suburbs, communities have much in common — and elected officials often pit urban and rural communities against each other in public policy fights.  However, they actually have more in common than some would like us to believe, including […]

Local health depts. ax school mask orders amid state budget confusion

BY: - September 30, 2021

A wave of local health departments across Michigan are rescinding their school mask mandates after Republicans inserted boilerplate language into the state budget that threatens to cut funding from health departments if they implement mask orders for children.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said while signing the Fiscal Year 2022 budget this week that the GOP language […]

Study: Pandemic led to absenteeism, challenges in Michigan’s lowest-performing schools

BY: - September 30, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 12% of educators in some of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools believed that their students were on track academically last school year, according to a new study.  Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) found that student absenteeism was pervasive and learning was greatly affected in Partnership school districts […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: and - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

Whitmer signs remaining FY 2022 budget bills, vetoes ‘anti-choice’ line items

BY: - September 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget, while axing Republicans’ cuts to abortion access and noting that budget language restricting COVID-19 mandates is unenforceable.  Whitmer vetoed what she termed seven “anti-choice” line items from the budget, totaling $16 million.  “These line items would create a gag rule […]