Whitmer calls bipartisan federal infrastructure deal a ‘game-changer’ for Michigan 

BY: and - August 11, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will help to restore the nation’s bridges and roads, expand broadband initiatives, and fund projects to help battle against climate change. Roughly $20 billion of the funding will go to Michigan, with about $8 billion for roads and bridges.   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during […]

Mich. senators tout bipartisan infrastructure bill for big boosts to Great Lakes, roads, broadband

BY: - August 9, 2021

As the Senate gears up to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, Michigan’s senators say it would be a big shot in the arm for Great Lakes restoration efforts, broadband access, roads, bridges, highways and electric vehicle expansion.  The legislation, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week, also comes as the […]

Equity needed in meeting Michigan’s internet, water and infrastructure needs, experts say

BY: - May 20, 2021

State and national experts on Thursday discussed the need to incorporate equity in current and future infrastructure plans while wrapping up the Michigan Environmental Justice Conference.  The conference, whose theme was “Rebuilding Trust, Reimagining Justice and Removing Barriers,” was held online this week and was hosted by the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the […]

Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage

BY: - September 28, 2020

Members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for $4 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help students in rural and low-income areas gain access to high speed internet. A digital divide that emerged as a major problem when schools shut down amid the pandemic last spring has persisted into the new academic year, […]


Column: Here’s what schools need during COVID-19 and beyond

BY: - August 3, 2020

As we begin to reimagine K-12 education in a post-COVID-19 world, it is imperative we use research to guide our decisions to help all students achieve and succeed. Just as research should inform public health policy, it should guide our decisions as we enter a new normal that could include in-person learning, remote learning or […]

How do you teach science experiments at home? How educators are adjusting to the school shutdown.

BY: - April 28, 2020

On a normal Monday morning, Devin Schweigert, a seventh grade science teacher at Manistee Middle High School, would be leading a classroom full of students in a science experiment.  However, on this particular Monday morning, he is at home by his computer trying to create lesson plans that his students can do with or without […]


David Hecker: COVID-19 shows we need to recommit to economic and racial justice

BY: - April 28, 2020

During the meetings I’ve been in as the state has dealt with the fallout of COVID-19, consistent, common themes arise, including: the devastating effects this crisis has on hourly employees who struggle to make ends meet; the disproportionate impact the virus has had on African-American communities; and the digital divide our students face.  “The coronavirus […]

$23M partnership gives 51K Detroit students laptops

BY: - April 23, 2020

What started as a proposal drafted by the Rev. Wendell Anthony about 30 days ago, has resulted in a major announcement on Thursday to provide 51,000 Detroit students with a tablet-style laptop computer to assist with online learning amid the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. “The disease may have taken our bodies, but it can never […]

How will rural, low-income Michigan students learn during a pandemic?

BY: - April 20, 2020

Millions of kids across the country are at home, academic years interrupted, due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered K-12 schools closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under the governor’s order, issued April 2, school districts are required to provide further educational opportunities through remote or […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access in Michigan and nationwide

BY: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) joined more than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency […]

Whitmer: Trump said he’d heard she did a ‘nice job’ in her SOTU response

BY: - February 10, 2020

Last year, President Donald Trump made sure he sat next to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the annual Governors Ball. But the event Sunday night in the East Room of the White House was different, Whitmer told the Advance in an exclusive phone interview while in Washington, D.C. The president opted to give a speech in […]