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COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan legislators should heed the Constitution on school funding, in good times and bad

BY: - July 22, 2020

The Michigan Constitution, like its federal counterpart, was written to stand the test of time. It outlines, in largely broad form, the rights of the people, establishes the powers of our government and creates the foundation of our system of taxation and spending. While Michigan’s Legislature passes a budget each year that fits within the […]

Dems criticize GOP school reopening plan for ‘DeVos agenda’ of privatizing services

BY: - July 21, 2020

House Education Committee members were split along party lines Tuesday while discussing potential changes to the GOP bill package for reopening schools in the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through a number of amendments, Democratic committee members argued that the four-bill GOP plan outsources virtual instruction to out-of-state private institutions, penalizes schools for resorting to […]

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 […]

Whitmer, Trump offer vastly different school reopening plans, as educators worry about funding

BY: - July 10, 2020

President Donald Trump and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer both have their own ideas about what it means to reopen schools safely this fall during a global pandemic.  On June 30, Whitmer unveiled her “Return to School Roadmap,” which included four plans for schools, ranging from in-person instruction to remote online learning, depending on which phase of […]

Nessel sues DeVos for ‘unlawfully’ splitting COVID-19 funds between public, private schools

BY: - July 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday she is leading a coalition of attorneys general in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her rule requiring public and private schools to split federal funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, regardless of schools’ economic needs. “We cannot and will not sit […]

As more Michigan parents consider homeschooling, school budgets could be decimated

BY: - June 5, 2020

As concerns of COVID-19 still linger, school leaders are talking about how to best reopen schools this fall. And some parents have a tough decision of their own: Do they send their students back or do they homeschool?  Anjanette Freiberger, a mother of three school-age children in Flushing, says that if her local district isn’t […]

Whitmer closes schools for 2019-20, districts to decide learning plans

BY: - April 2, 2020

In another action to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that all school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year and is instructing school districts to draft plans and adjust to remote learning. “My No. 1 priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of […]

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 […]

Coronavirus now a pandemic, causes Michigan school closures

BY: - March 11, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now appeared in Michigan and is already having a significant impact on day-to-day life. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared that the spread of COVID-19 has become a pandemic. “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. … We have never before seen […]

Michigan could vote on a graduated income tax in November

BY: - February 28, 2020

For the first time in more than 40 years, Michiganders could vote to go to a graduated income tax system. Michigan is one of only nine states that doesn’t have a tax system in which those who make more money pay a higher rate. Currently, everyone pays a flat 4.25%. The Fair Tax Michigan campaign […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

BY: - November 25, 2019

With few exceptions, the various Democratic plans for public education share a common theme: more funding, less privatizing. Candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have promised to dramatically increase or triple current federal funding for low-income students and curtail charter school growth. Elizabeth Warren recently went even further, promising to quadruple federal funding […]

A new Michigan education model shows promising signs for students in struggling schools. But can it work long-term?

BY: - November 12, 2019

After two years of a new state approach to struggling schools, a recent study shows it has improved student achievement, giving educators and experts hope. But those schools still face challenges with student outcomes and recruiting highly qualified teachers. The Michigan Partnership Model was designed in 2017 to improve the state’s lowest-performing schools, which serve […]