education

Some Mich. school districts are also dropping mask mandates in confusion over state budget

BY: - October 28, 2021

When Republicans inserted boilerplate language into the Fiscal Year 2022 budget last month threatening to cut funding for local health departments that issue COVID-19 mask or quarantine policies, some school districts started to wonder whether to follow county mandates or state law on masking students.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the budget bill, Senate Bill 82, […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

Senate passes vaccine mandate ban for students, Dem calls bills ‘patently pointless’

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed Tuesday a number of bills that aim to limit vaccination and mask mandates for students as the fight over COVID-19 measures during the pandemic continues.  Senate Bills 600–603 would prohibit schools from requiring students to receive an emergency use authorization (EUA) vaccination to participate in school-related activities and would require schools […]

State reports 76 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

BY: - October 25, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,112,490 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,918 have died from the virus — an additional 7,856 cases and 56 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

New census data shows child poverty rates across the state fell before the pandemic

BY: - October 25, 2021

More than 16% of Michigan’s school-aged children are living in poverty, according to recently released census data.  The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which produces single-year estimates of poverty for all states, counties and school districts. The most recent data the SAIPE program has for […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Census prompts push for more Indigenous school lessons

BY: - October 22, 2021

Many American Indians and Alaska Natives say the dramatic increase in their numbers recorded in last year’s census supports their longstanding argument that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms. Even before the latest tally, there was a growing movement to infuse more Indigenous material into school curriculums — not only to […]

Here’s why political parties are already training candidates ahead of 2022 school board elections

BY: - October 21, 2021

There will likely be more than 1,000 open school board seats across the state in 2022, and local and national political groups are already gearing up to find candidates.  But local education leaders are saying the school board isn’t the place for partisan politics — and they’re concerned this could further divide local communities over […]

Republicans pass voucher-style education bills that opponents say are unconstitutional

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Republican-led state Senate and House passed bills Tuesday that would give tax credits to Michiganders who contribute to a scholarship program for nonpublic schools, which Democrats are blasting as an unconstitutional voucher program.  “We know that these bills are unconstitutional, and we know that mechanisms for private donors to support public schools already exist. […]

Macomb Co. parents group demands school mask mandate amid soaring COVID cases

BY: - October 20, 2021

As Macomb County leads school COVID-19 case spikes, a parents group is again calling on the Macomb County Health Department to institute a countywide mask mandate in pre-K-12 schools. Macomb County Parents for Safe In-Person Schools notes that neighboring Oakland and Wayne counties in Southeast Michigan have mask mandates in schools and are not seeing a sharp […]

State reports 101 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

BY: - October 18, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,090,021 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,609 have died from the virus — an additional 8,496 cases and 46 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Anti-mask parents are wrong: Schools with no mask mandates in Michigan have more COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 16, 2021

Updated and corrected, 8:55 a.m., 10/16/21 School districts with no mask requirements in Michigan have higher rates of coronavirus transmissions than those with mandates, according to new data from the University of Michigan. School districts with no mask requirements averaged 73 coronavirus cases per 100,000 students as of late September, compared to 45 cases per […]