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Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Michigan teachers not invited to legislative hearing on reopening schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

The state House and Senate Education committees met Wednesday to discuss reopening plans for schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but an important perspective was left out of the conversation — teachers.  Conversations on safe reopening plans, and if in-person learning is a possibility at all this fall, are happening at federal, state and […]

Lawmakers want answers on nursing homes as 3K COVID-19 cases reported 

BY: - May 13, 2020

State senators on Wednesday voiced concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on resident and employee safety in Michigan’s assisted living facilities. In its Monday update, the state reported 3,089 COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities. Nursing homes across the country have been hot spots for the disease. State officials fielded a number of the senators’ […]

GOP-led Senate pushes Whitmer to change hospital, essential worker orders

BY: - April 28, 2020

The Michigan Senate met briefly Tuesday and urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow elective procedures to resume in hospitals and expand the class of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolutions could be the start of another week of GOP state lawmakers trying to cap Whitmer’s power. State lawmakers met in Lansing Friday, with […]