Detroit’s first Black teacher died on this day in 1922

BY: - February 13, 2019

Fannie Richards, the city’s first Black public school teacher, died on this day in 1922. She was 81 years old. Richards was born on October 1, 1840, to free parents in Fredericksburg, Va. As a child, she moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, where she was educated. In 1863, Richards opened a private school for […]

Top lines from Whitmer’s first State of the State

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her share of zingers, applause lines and a corny joke or two — pretty standard fare for a first State of the State speech. She also didn’t shy away from progressive rhetoric on how Michigan is falling short on education, climate change, equal pay and LGBTQ rights, which did not earn […]

Whitmer declares Snyder era over — except on budget deadlines

BY: - February 13, 2019

Without mentioning his name, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took former Gov. Rick Snyder and Republicans who worked with him to task in a sweeping State of the State address that touched on fixing Michigan roads, cleaning up drinking water and improving schools. Snyder defined himself as a governor of “relentless positive action.” Whitmer’s criticism Tuesday night […]

Leaders grade gov. speech on jobs, auto insurance, education and more

BY: - February 13, 2019

There was no shortage of people giving their takes on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State speech on Tuesday night, including the man she jokingly referred to from the rostrum as “Mr. Julie Calley.” Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who’s married to current state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), has appeared with Whitmer at […]

How 25 years of charter schools have changed Detroit

BY: - February 12, 2019

Charter schools have been a part of Michigan’s educational landscape for the last quarter-century. While they still inspire intense debate to this day, there’s no doubt that charters have had a significant impact in the state, particularly in Detroit. It was 1994 when charters first came on the scene in Michigan. A lot has changed […]

Ulbrich: Some charter authorizers are ‘cashing in and making tons of money’

BY: - February 12, 2019

The State Board of Education has hit the ground running this year, launching a search for a new state superintendent of public instruction and hiring Ray & Associates. Interim leader Sheila Alles, who had served as chief deputy superintendent, replaced the late Brian Whiston, who died last year after a bout with cancer.    In […]

Gov. to skip SOS happy talk tradition, focus on roads, schools

BY: - February 12, 2019

Michiganders have come to expect that once a year, their governor will appear on TV and put a happy face on the state of our state. That’s the way it’s been, by and large, for the last 16 years, under both Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder. While both leaders […]

Whitmer picks charter school advocate for new ‘prosperity’ position

BY: - February 12, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tapped former charter school executive Doug Ross to serve as her senior advisor for “Michigan Prosperity,” according to a statement released from her office late Monday afternoon. In this role, Ross will work with Whitmer’s office to “improve workforce talent and educational attainment” and further overall economic development outcomes. “If we’re […]

Metro Detroit leaders offer Whitmer advice before 1st State of the State

BY: - February 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State message on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Expectations are always high for a governor’s first address, which will be televised at 7 p.m. Both chambers of the Legislature will attend. The Advance talked to civic and political leaders in Southeast Michigan about issues they […]

Breaking: White House ditches plan to replace DeVos’ in-house watchdog

BY: - February 1, 2019

Updated at 4:40 p.m. with comment from the Education Department inspector general’s office. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to replace the U.S. Education Department’s internal watchdog after lawmakers assailed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the unusual move. Following reports this week that the U.S. Education Department would replace its acting inspector general […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Michigan League for Public Policy launches people-driven agenda

BY: - January 31, 2019

Michigan needs a major tune-up. That’s why on Thursday, the Michigan League for Public Policy is announcing “The Owner’s Manual for Michigan”, a clear and comprehensive public policy plan to help the state’s leaders on the road ahead.   It’s usually pretty obvious when our vehicles need work. The beeping alarms and blinking lights on […]

MSU study: Michigan school funding lower now than 25 years ago

BY: - January 24, 2019

Some 25 years after Michigan dramatically changed how it funds its public schools, a new study suggests that financial investment has declined more sharply here than in any other state. A Michigan State University report found that after adjusting for inflation, Michigan’s education funding in 2015 was only “82 percent of what it was in […]