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Michigan’s pediatric COVID cases are on the rise

BY: - October 15, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to climb in Michigan.  State health officials reported Wednesday that the case rate rose to 304.4 cases per million people. About 4.9% of emergency department visits were for COVID diagnoses over the past week, an increase over last week’s 4.1%. Case rates are highest among 10- to 19-year-olds; there are […]

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Susan J. Demas: Killing all vaccine mandates was always the plan for extremists

BY: - October 15, 2021

There’s been a growing, and understandable, horror that some Republican leaders are agitating against any vaccine mandates after pandering to angry conspiracy theorists for almost two years on COVID-19. This should be regarded as unequivocally insane, as vaccines are really great at the all-important societal goal of preventing death. However, recent polling shows a sharp […]

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

BY: - October 13, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of the table because if he couldn’t feel the sharp edges digging into his palms, he would have to think about how hard his […]

State reports 83 new school COVID outbreaks in last week

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,064,557 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,349 have died from the virus — an additional 9,137 cases and 36 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

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 […]

GOP lawmakers slam federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

Conservative activist who ‘invented’ clash over ‘critical race theory’ leads Senate hearing

BY: - October 5, 2021

A conservative activist from Washington described as someone who “invented the conflict over critical race theory” was at Tuesday’s state Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing supporting a bill banning Michigan schools from teaching a decades-old theory examining systemic racism. Christopher Rufo, who the New Yorker wrote “invented” the arguments over “critical race theory,” […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

371 Michigan schools report COVID outbreaks

BY: - October 4, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,039,337 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,139 have died from the virus — an additional 8,704 cases and 62 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Parents rally for hospital workers, urge statewide school mask mandate 

BY: - October 4, 2021

Michigan parents in three cities rallied on Monday outside hospitals to show support for health care workers and called for universal masking in all schools to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Macomb County Commissioner Mai Xiong participated in the Royal Oak rally with her daughter.  “We wanted to come out and support our health care […]

Kids often struggle with money matters. A new bill in Congress aims to change that.

BY: - October 4, 2021

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) alongside U.S. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced a bill last week that would boost financial literacy in high school students by establishing a pilot program where students will be given an initial deposit and subsequent opportunities to have a set amount of their continued savings matched.  The bipartisan bill, the […]

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten—investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds—or whether they even decide to accept the cash, […]