education

During Banned Books Week, Dixon supports a ban on ‘pornographic’ books in schools

BY: - September 21, 2022

Updated, 7:08 p.m., 9/21/22 GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon announced during a Tuesday press conference outside the Michigan Department of Education in Lansing that she would consider banning “pornographic” books in K-12 schools if she were elected governor.  This is just the latest attack on books in K-12 schools, largely on books that cover race […]

How harassment and politicized issues help push Michigan teachers out of the classroom

BY: - September 21, 2022

Jake Gless worked for Lakewood Public Schools as a middle-school art teacher for about two years and six weeks before he took down the rainbow flag that was hanging on the wall of his classroom, packed his boxes of paints and papers and never walked foot into the school building again. It wasn’t because he […]

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Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]

Whitmer announces appointees to new Michigan Parents’ Council

BY: - September 19, 2022

Members of the newly formed Michigan Parents’ Council were announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The advisory group was established by the Democratic governor to allow parents for the first time in Michigan history a more formal role in the education budget process. The council, which Whitmer’s office says represents parents from across Michigan and from […]

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David Hecker: We can debate issues, but public education shouldn’t be a political war zone

BY: - September 19, 2022

As a union representing educators, we have a vested interest in public policy, and therefore politics. And as a union, AFT Michigan has received our fair share of criticism from people who believe politics do not belong in education.  At best, the claims that we should keep education and politics separate are somewhat misguided. At […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

House Democrats slam Republicans for taking most of the summer off

BY: - August 18, 2022

Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday afternoon to voice frustrations about the lack of legislative action in recent months. The event was held in response to an announcement that Wednesday’s scheduled legislative session would not include votes or attendance.  “We have critical pieces of legislation that have been […]

Whitmer wants to ax school supplies tax

BY: - August 16, 2022

August is an expensive month for educators as they prep for the new school year and purchase their classroom supplies.  To help lessen the financial burden on teachers and parents, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed Tuesday to suspend sales tax on these items to lessen the financial burden on teachers and parents. “As families gear up […]

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‘They’re trying to distract and divide us’

BY: - August 12, 2022

A new national nonprofit is organizing parents, teachers and students in Michigan to fight right-wing activism in education, including Republican-led legislation that critics say will silence educators attempting to teach about race and racism. The organization, the Campaign for Our Shared Future, launched in 2021 and has since gone on to identify 15 states — […]