Michael Rice

Dixon: The governor should have the power to appoint the state school superintendent

BY: - September 20, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon said Tuesday she wants to change the way the state superintendent is appointed, which would mean amending Michigan’s Constitution.  But she isn’t the first Michigan leader to take issue with how the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) operates. “That the Republican nominee for governor has issues with the Michigan Department […]

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 […]

‘Not enough teachers who look like me’: African Americans want more classroom representation

BY: - August 19, 2021

During a Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) education virtual town hall meeting Wednesday night, Black parents, students and teachers called for more equity in the school system, including more representation of Black educators. “There’s no equity in regards to the teaching staff compared to the student population,” said Trishanda Williams, a teacher at Flint Community […]

MDE leaders slam feds for denying standardized test waiver

BY: - April 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) on Tuesday denied Michigan’s request to waive the federal requirement to administer the state’s standardized tests during the pandemic.  MDE requested in January the waiver, along with another for accountability requirements. But on March 26, USED only approved the accountability waiver due to “the disruption of instruction caused by […]

Feds say standardized tests won’t be waived

BY: - February 24, 2021

Schools will still have to administer federal standardized testing this year, according to the new Biden administration, but the regulations will be more lenient than in years past.  On Monday, Biden’s team announced that schools won’t receive a waiver for the required testing, but states have the flexibility to create shorter exams, offer remote options […]

DeVos refuses state testing waivers for current school year

BY: - September 4, 2020

After requests from state leaders to waive spring state assessments this school year, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos informed state Superintendent Michael Rice Thursday that Michigan should not anticipate any waivers to the federal requirement. In June, Rice and State Board of Education President Casandra Ulbrich requested DeVos continue waiving the federal requirements for student […]

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 […]

New childcare relief fund established during COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $130 million Child Care Relief Fund to lower costs of childcare for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring childcare businesses stay open.  The fund provides direct, non-competitive grants to childcare providers to help ensure that providers currently serving essential workers remain open and costs associated with providing […]

3rd graders were supposed to be held back if they couldn’t read. Then COVID-19 hit.

BY: - March 29, 2020

The new controversial Read by Grade Three Law for schools was already stressful for teachers. But amid the COVID-19 shutdown and changing developments, it’s likely to be much harder to enforce. It’s unlikely that students will be back in the classroom during the 2019-20 school year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut down all schools in Michigan […]

Will Michigan schools shut down for the year? And who decides? 

BY: - March 29, 2020

Michigan schools are closed for now and standardized testing for the spring is waived. But beyond that, teachers, parents, school leaders and even state legislators don’t know exactly what the future holds for Michigan students during the COVID-19 outbreak.  On Friday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on WWJ-AM that it is “very unlikely” students will […]

Michigan sees COVID-19 deaths almost double in a day

BY: - March 25, 2020

Forty-three people have now died of COVID-19 in Michigan — up from 24 reported on Tuesday.  A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. There are […]

DeVos: States can skip standardized tests due to coronavirus

BY: - March 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education will waive standardized testing requirements for states unable to test students because of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. States can request waivers of federally-mandated tests during the ongoing national emergency, according to a news release. This came after state Superintendent Michael Rice and state Board of Education President Casandra […]