Education

EMU faculty strike continues as university tries to force professors back to work

BY: - September 8, 2022

A union representing Eastern Michigan University faculty announced on Wednesday that it will file a “forceful response” opposing a request by the university administration for an injunction forcing school professors back to work after hitting the picket line that morning. The declaration came after the university administration filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court earlier […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White House said President Joe Biden […]

EMU faculty votes overwhelmingly to authorize strike

BY: - September 7, 2022

Members of the Eastern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of authorizing a strike. In the vote, 91% of the more than 500 tenured and tenure track faculty approved the strike action, which will begin Wednesday morning. Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and […]

Criminalizing abortion would be a disaster for Michigan colleges and universities, presidents say

BY: - September 7, 2022

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, colleges and universities across Michigan are repeatedly fielding a question from prospective students and faculty: What is the status of abortion in Michigan?  So far, administrators are able to tell them that abortion is legal in Michigan amid court challenges. However, if the […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

BY: - September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel as much as $20,000 per borrower in college federal student loan debt will help millions burdened by skyrocketing costs of higher education over the past several decades. In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. As many as half could see […]

U of M nurses overwhelmingly vote to OK a strike, EMU professors to decide Tuesday

BY: - September 6, 2022

Updated, 10:28 a.m., 9/6/22 Labor disputes at two state universities have resulted in a strike authorization by one union, and a planned vote to seek such an authorization by another. At the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor, nurses voted to authorize their union’s bargaining team to call for a strike, while just several […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Student loan forgiveness proves that if government can’t help Americans, what good is it?

BY: - September 2, 2022

When President Joe Biden announced last week a student loan relief plan, many Americans reacted as though he had encouraged the overthrow of the government or stolen classified documents. Biden announced the U.S. Department of Education will cancel up to $20,000 in debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients. Pell […]

What the Biden student loan forgiveness plan means for Michiganders

BY: - September 1, 2022

President Joe Biden’s decision last week to provide student loan relief to up to 43 million people likely will have an impact on thousands of people in Michigan, where the average debt is around $30,000. The Democratic president announced a plan fulfilling a campaign promise to forgive some federal loans — up to $20,000 for […]

State updates student count day guidance amid concerns about Yom Kippur

BY: - August 29, 2022

State education officials have updated their guidance concerning the annual student count day taking place on the same day as an important Jewish holiday. Last week, criticism was leveled at the Michigan Department of Education after it was learned that count day is scheduled for Oct. 5, which is Yom Kippur, marking the end of […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits second petition in effort to avoid veto from Whitmer 

BY: - August 29, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan has submitted a second petition in an effort to do an end-around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen. 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, submitted […]

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus. The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Michigan’s student count day falls on Jewish holiday, prompting concerns and call for change

BY: - August 25, 2022

State education officials say they are aware of concerns about the annual student count day taking place on the same day as an important Jewish holiday and that procedures are in place to address the issue. In Michigan, schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis for K-12 students, which sits at $9,150 […]