public schools

Judge approves permanent injunction in Nessel’s lawsuit against DeVos over private school funds

BY: - November 16, 2020

A district court judge in California has closed a case co-led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the latter’s move to divert some federal COVID-19 relief funding from public to private schools. A section of the CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public school districts […]

Michigan educators hope Biden admin will turn the page on DeVos policies

BY: - November 14, 2020

Many teachers and educational staff are feeling hopeful for change in education under President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. After nearly four years of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ emphasis on school choice, voucher programs and charter schools, education advocates in Michigan are looking forward to public schools returning to the forefront of the conversation. […]

State reports 24 new outbreaks in schools, colleges

BY: - October 5, 2020

At least 58 public schools and 26 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to DHHS data. Last week, there were 46 schools and 23 colleges and universities with cases. The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include: Holy Redeemer Grade School in Detroit (11 cases) Walkerville Public Schools in […]

DeVos won’t appeal decision in Nessel lawsuit over private school funds 

BY: - September 29, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos won’t appeal a court ruling that annuls an interim final department rule requiring K-12 public schools to share federal CARES Act relief funding with private schools. “The Department strongly, but respectfully, disagrees with the ruling,” DeVos wrote in a Friday letter. “However, we respect the rule of law and will enforce […]

Judge grants Nessel preliminary injunction to halt DeVos’ private school funding rule

BY: - August 27, 2020

A federal judge granted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request to temporarily halt Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ implementation of a rule requiring K-12 public schools to share CARES Act relief funding with private schools.  Judge James Donato, who presides over California’s U.S. District Court Northern District, granted the preliminary injunction late Wednesday. A section of […]

Michigan argues in court DeVos pulled a ‘reverse Robin Hood’ on COVID-19 school funding

BY: - August 19, 2020

Oral arguments took place Tuesday for a lawsuit led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, with attorneys for the former arguing the latter’s requirement for K-12 public schools to split CARES Act relief funding with private schools is unlawful. The CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public […]

Senate OKs bipartisan education legislation, receives backlash from Dems, ed groups

BY: - August 15, 2020

During a rare Saturday session, the Senate approved a bipartisan education deal that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders announced late Friday night that lays out more stringent requirements for local school districts. The plan, which senators say they received just before 10 p.m. Friday to review, requires districts to do a monthly public review […]

Teachers feel ignored in school reopening decision-making

BY: - August 10, 2020

Amy Watkins, a high school English teacher at Van Buren Public Schools in Belleville, stood on the Capitol steps Thursday with a list of reasons why schools shouldn’t reopen for in-person learning this fall.  The points she made weren’t new to the other teachers in the crowd at the Michigan Caucus Of Rank-and-File Educators (MI […]


Education leaders need answers from state, feds in order to reopen during pandemic

BY: - August 7, 2020

Michigan education leaders and superintendents say they’re preparing for the school year the best they can, but they need better support from the state and federal government in order to do so.  During a “State of Michigan Schools” roundtable hosted by the Tri County Alliance for Public Education, leaders stressed the need for flexible legislation […]

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 […]

At least 6 Michigan public districts will start the school year completely online

BY: - July 27, 2020

Despite a push from Michigan Republicans and the President Trump administration to reopen brick-and-mortar schools this fall, several Michigan public school districts are planning to start the school year online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least six districts — Lansing School District, Ann Arbor Public Schools, East Lansing Public Schools, Waverly Community Schools, Okemos […]

In-person learning required for K-5 students under GOP plan passed by the House

BY: - July 23, 2020

Wednesday’s House session ran late into the night while state representatives debated the Republicans’ “Return to Learn” legislation, which ultimately was approved, despite pushback from Democrats. The legislation would require in-person learning for all students in kindergarten through the fifth grade. This would put a wrench in the plans for a few Michigan school districts, […]