Rick Haglund: Whitmer should address Michigan worker pay in her State of the State speech

BY: - January 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will have plenty of topics to tackle in her second State of the State speech on Jan. 29. We’ll no doubt hear about a new road funding plan after the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to raise even a single penny toward her request for a 45-cent hike in the gas tax last year. […]

More kids on Medicaid to get health care in school

BY: - January 2, 2020

A mountain of evidence proves it: Good health translates to better student performance. Children who have high blood pressure or are obese perform worse academically than others. Children with asthma miss far more school. Students who have healthy diets, who are physically active, who abstain from alcohol and illicit drugs, get better grades. With that in mind, more than […]


Column: Sex education needs less fear, more information to be effective

BY: - December 27, 2019

I have only vague memories of my high school sex ed class. I remember sandwiched between a chapter on healthy eating and daily physical activity, a few pages of text and troubling photos highlighting the risks of untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That’s about it. Abstain or be afraid of what could happen. Absent from […]

Do Michigan kids have a ‘right to read?’ Activists await ruling in Detroit lawsuit.

BY: - December 23, 2019

A prominent Detroit education activist said that if a lawsuit brought forth by Detroit students against the state of Michigan centering on their constitutional right to access literacy fails, it will send a signal that Michigan government doesn’t care about Motor City kids.    “If they come down with a ruling that reading is not fundamental, […]

Whitmer ‘concerned’ about Michigan government shutdown in 2020

BY: - December 21, 2019

In one of her last acts of her first year in office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a supplemental spending deal negotiated — at long last — with GOP legislative leaders. Whitmer sought to emphasize the positives in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget process at her year-end press conference with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist this […]

The feds granted millions for Michigan charter schools that never opened. Where did the money go?

BY: - December 14, 2019

A new study from the Network for Public Education shows that 72 Michigan charter schools were granted money through the federal Charter School Program (CSP), but never enrolled a single student. Despite never opening their doors, these schools received $7.7 million from 2006 to 2014.  The Network for Public Education, a New York City-based public […]

Dem to DeVos in hearing: You’re the ‘most unpopular person in our government’ 

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness […]

‘Hunger-Free Student Bill of Rights’ bill introduced in Michigan Senate

BY: - December 4, 2019

Students from lower-income families are losing access to lunch and being subject to public embarrassment by schools because of it.  That’s according to state Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) who seeks an end to “lunch shaming” policies in schools such as being given barebones meals, having to wear wristbands or performing chores in exchange […]


Column: Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

BY: - November 25, 2019

With few exceptions, the various Democratic plans for public education share a common theme: more funding, less privatizing. Candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have promised to dramatically increase or triple current federal funding for low-income students and curtail charter school growth. Elizabeth Warren recently went even further, promising to quadruple federal funding […]

Kalamazoo schools updates sex ed curriculum to include consent

BY: - November 22, 2019

The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education approved a new, more inclusive reproductive health curriculum at a school board meeting Thursday. The new curriculum, titled “Rights, Respect, Responsibility,” includes lessons on consent, dating violence, sexting and gender identity. Other topics include abstinence, anatomy and reproduction, bullying, condoms and birth control, consent, pregnancy, sexual abuse, LGBTQ […]

Civil rights panel names leadership team after Arbulu firing, declares education ‘a civil right’

BY: - November 19, 2019

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) named its short-term leadership team on Monday during a meeting in Detroit. Mary Engelman, acting Michigan Department of Civil Rights director (MDCR), was appointed as interim director. Meanwhile, Sylvia Elliott, director of the department’s office of legal affairs, was appointed as a special adviser to the commission. Both women […]

Whitmer: Betsy DeVos is unpopular, Trump tweets are ‘dumb’ 

BY: - November 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t mince her words when she talks about President Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos and Republicans in the Michigan Legislature.  The Michigan Democrat on Friday described all of them as hurdles she’s facing in achieving some of her top policy goals on issues like health care, trade, infrastructure and education. Whitmer […]