education

Parents call for statewide mask mandate, blast pols who oppose it

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 6:01 p.m. 9/15/21 with a response from DHHS As COVID-19 cases rise among students and staff throughout Michigan, parents from across the state issued a message for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday: It’s time for a statewide mask mandate in schools. The Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools launched a […]

Anti-vax, anti-mask school bills clear GOP-led Senate committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Republican Senate committee members spent part of their Tuesday afternoon hearing from parents and lawmakers who support a bill package to essentially let students at public schools flout local mask mandates, be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements and not require vaccinations. The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing was paused at one point by […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of […]

Michigan school board members struggle with anger, threats over COVID-19 rules, culture war issues

BY: - September 10, 2021

School board members in Michigan — volunteers who are typically parents or former educators — are facing unprecedented pressure and scrutiny as a third school year dawns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike last year, Michigan does not have a statewide mask mandate, leaving the decision in the hands of county health departments and local school […]

Whitmer punts again on statewide mask mandate while cases rise in schools

BY: - September 9, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t ready for the state to issue a statewide mask mandate for students, despite reports of COVID-19 outbreaks in dozens of schools across the state.  The state reported, as of Tuesday, 31 K-12 schools and four universities are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. “We are relying on school districts to work […]

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Column: Michigan’s K-12 budget is a good first step, but kids deserve more in the future

BY: - September 9, 2021

My son started fifth grade last month, and many more kids around the state are starting school this week. Back to school season is always filled with excitement — learning new subjects and seeing friends — and anxiety.  Last year had a significant learning curve , filled with figuring out what “synchronous” and “asynchronous” meant, […]

31 Michigan schools report COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 964,317 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,447 have died from the virus — an additional 2,364 cases and 51 deaths since Tuesday. The deaths announced include 10 deaths identified during a vital records review. The DHHS conducts this […]

DHHS updates guidance for students with COVID-19 exposure

BY: - September 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated its recommendations for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 at school, depending on the student’s vaccination status, level of masking, social distancing and more. The new guidance — which is not a mandate — comes as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to […]

Survey shows sharp political, racial divides on school mask mandates

BY: - September 7, 2021

Michigan parents are split on whether or not students should be required to get vaccinated or wear a mask this school year, according to a study done by the K-12 Alliance of Michigan, a Lansing-based advocacy group.  The study, conducted by the Glengariff group between Aug. 24 to 26, surveyed 600 parents in the state.  […]

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Trish Zornio: I quit teaching over COVID-19

BY: - September 4, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]

Ingham joins 11 Mich. counties in school mask mandate amid surging Delta variant

BY: - September 2, 2021

Updated, 2:40 p.m., 9/2/21,with Berrien County’s mandate Ingham County on Thursday joined 10 other counties mandating students and staff to wear masks in schools and other educational settings, regardless of vaccination status. The county also issued a second mandate setting in place guidelines for quarantine and isolation procedures within schools.  Ingham County Health Officer Linda […]

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David Hecker: Conservative myths about critical race theory hurt students and teachers

BY: - September 1, 2021

As educators, we believe in teaching kids the truth about our history and society, even when the truth is not pleasant. But some people across the country are working to infringe on teachers’ right and responsibility to be honest with their students about the history or racism, past and present, in our nation. In keeping […]