Department of Education

Dixon: The governor should have the power to appoint the state school superintendent

BY: - September 20, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon said Tuesday she wants to change the way the state superintendent is appointed, which would mean amending Michigan’s Constitution.  But she isn’t the first Michigan leader to take issue with how the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) operates. “That the Republican nominee for governor has issues with the Michigan Department […]

Students defrauded by for-profit colleges to get millions in loan repayments

BY: - February 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that nearly 16,000 student borrowers would receive millions in loan repayments, after the department found that four private for-profit institutions made misleading claims about their job placement rates. “The Department remains committed to giving borrowers discharges when the evidence shows their college violated the law and […]

Feds OK Michigan COVID relief plan for K-12 schools, releasing $1.2B in funds

BY: - October 8, 2021

Michigan’s plan for spending federal COVID-19 relief money on K-12 schools got the approval Friday from the U.S. Department of Education — which will unlock a final $1.2 billion in funding. “I am excited to announce approval of Michigan’s plan,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “It is heartening to see, reflected in these […]

Senate unanimously passes $4.4 billion in federal funds for K-12 schools

BY: - June 15, 2021

Through a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Senate passed more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aid to Michigan’s K-12 schools. The passage of these federal dollars didn’t come easy after months of no negotiations between the GOP-led Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with previous education funding proposals being tie-barred to bills that would […]

Education Secretary DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 16, 2020

Updated, 7:06 a.m., 12/16/20 WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying […]

Civil Rights Commission cites education ‘inequities’ in report inspired by Flint water crisis

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on Wednesday released a 62-page report outlining inequities in Michigan’s K-12 education system. It offered specific recommendations for action that policy makers and educators can implement to make achieving educational equity a priority in Michigan schools. The report, approved during a Zoom meeting, is the culmination of a series […]

Betsy DeVos

Watchdog: Office of Special Counsel looking into alleged DeVos Hatch Act violation

BY: - September 22, 2020

A watchdog group recently filed a complaint against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alleging she violated the Hatch Act when she criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Sept. 1 interview on Fox News. Now the Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) says the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is investigating DeVos’ actions. Scott Peterson, […]


Education leaders need answers from state, feds in order to reopen during pandemic

BY: - August 7, 2020

Michigan education leaders and superintendents say they’re preparing for the school year the best they can, but they need better support from the state and federal government in order to do so.  During a “State of Michigan Schools” roundtable hosted by the Tri County Alliance for Public Education, leaders stressed the need for flexible legislation […]

Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Levin, Warren probe if Trump admin. exerted political pressure on CDC for school openings

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked the heads of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Education Department for their correspondence with the White House. The two legislators, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), want to determine if the CDC revised its COVID-19 reopening guidelines […]

Dems urge DeVos to waive standardized testing next school year

BY: - June 24, 2020

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and State Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) introduced a concurrent resolution Wednesday to urge the U.S. Department of Education to waive the federally mandated standardized tests next school year. In March, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waived the federal mandate for the remaining assessments this spring, but testing for next fall is […]

Survivors say DeVos Title IX rules may have let MSU off the hook

BY: - June 23, 2020

Michigan survivor advocates joined U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) during a Monday roundtable to discuss the upcoming implementation of a new federal Title IX final rule handed down in May by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted the roundtable to talk about potential harm posed to survivors by the […]