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Is this ‘the beginning of the end’ of Michigan’s 4th COVID surge?

BY: - January 20, 2022

Updated 5:21 p.m., 1/20/22 with additional information about the omicron variant’s peak Every day, Dr. Russell Lampen braces himself for a report that comes to the infectious disease expert: the people who have died from COVID-19 at Spectrum Health in West Michigan. “It’s five to seven people every day,” said Lampen, the division chief of […]

How omicron is making another COVID school year even worse

BY: - January 14, 2022

Kathleen Lucas, a mother from Zeeland, was nervous about sending her daughters back to school after the holidays, especially since Ottawa County rescinded its school mask mandate earlier this month, even with COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant surging.  Lucas’ 7-year-old daughter, Emerson, tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after being exposed […]

State education board passes measure countering GOP’s ‘critical race theory’ bills 

BY: - January 12, 2022

The Michigan State Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday to counter the anti-critical race theory (CRT) bills introduced in the Legislature last year, but it didn’t happen without lengthy debate among board members and hours of public comment.   Tuesday’s meeting stretched nearly 10 hours due to hundreds of public comments.  There was an organized […]

While Michigan COVID-19 cases soar, some schools bring back masks, virtual learning

BY: - November 29, 2021

Nearly all students in Michigan’s K-12 schools are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now that the Pfizer vaccine was approved earlier this month for children ages 5 to 11. But cases and outbreaks are still surging in schools, as health officials say the latest statewide spike is being driven by the unvaccinated.  This means less […]

New: Whitmer says May CDC mask guidance was ‘infuriating’ and a mistake

BY: - November 24, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her “Vacc to Normal” plan in late April rolling back pandemic restrictions as the state moved closer to meeting its goal of 70% of residents 16 and up getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the feds stepped in with new health guidance. In mid-May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

‘This surge is seemingly unending’: Hospitals are at breaking point with unvaccinated patients

BY: - November 21, 2021

Dr. Rob Davidson had just finished his shift as an emergency room physician in West Michigan on Wednesday when he sank into the front seat of his car and hit record on his phone. “The COVID numbers are putting us over the top, beyond capacity, everywhere,” Davidson, who also serves as the executive director of […]

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Susan J. Demas: Blurring lines between shiny objects and serious problems has an agonizing cost

BY: - November 18, 2021

The greatest moment in trash TV history is, without question, when Kim Kardashian hysterically cries over losing her diamond earring in the ocean. With her baby velcroed to her hip, older and wiser sister Kourtney dryly declares, “Kim, there’s people that are dying.” I think of this fairly often, as we’re on Day 489,764 of […]

GOP-led Senate passes measure slamming DOJ probe of school board threats

BY: - November 2, 2021

On a party-line vote, the Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP measure condemning the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for investigating and strategizing about how to deal with increasing threats to school board members and teachers. The threats and harassment by right-wing protestors at schools have largely centered around their opposition to mask requirements […]

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

BY: - October 28, 2021

Updated, 2:32 p.m., 10/28/21 with masking update from Kingsbury Country Day School 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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]