schools

Lawmakers introduce bills to reform school disciplinary process

BY: - September 16, 2021

State Sens. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) introduced a package of bills this week to transform Michigan’s disciplinary systems in schools and further mitigate the effects of the long-running zero-tolerance policy that was abolished in 2016.  Zero-tolerance policies meant students were required to face penalties such as expulsion or […]

109 Michigan schools report COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 976,505 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,535 have died from the virus — an additional 6,093 cases and 29 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday, Sunday and Monday recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Michigan school board members struggle with anger, threats over COVID-19 rules, culture war issues

BY: - September 10, 2021

School board members in Michigan — volunteers who are typically parents or former educators — are facing unprecedented pressure and scrutiny as a third school year dawns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike last year, Michigan does not have a statewide mask mandate, leaving the decision in the hands of county health departments and local school […]

Biden admin. launches civil rights investigations of 5 states banning school mask mandates

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine whether “students […]

Mich. has 5,020 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, 12 schools report outbreaks

BY: - August 30, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 946,698 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,257 have died from the virus — an additional 5,020 cases and 27 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Friday, Saturday and Sundays recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks

BY: - August 28, 2021

For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]

Educators feel ‘less supported’ by state going into another COVID-19 school year

BY: - August 27, 2021

As school districts enter into their third school year impacted by the pandemic, teachers and education leaders tell the Advance they’re feeling less supported by the state to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated its guidance for the new school year, which […]

Children’s rights group calls for all Michigan school boards to issue mask mandates

BY: - August 25, 2021

More Michigan school districts and counties have been announcing mask mandates as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for children are rising with the spread the highly contagious Delta variant. Kids under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On Wednesday, Michigan’s Children, a Lansing-based nonprofit advocating for children and families, urged all of […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

BY: - August 25, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access. When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

‘Kids know we are putting them at risk for political reasons’

BY: - August 22, 2021

When Marta Johnson talks about masks, what she’s really talking about is her daughter’s heart.  What she’s talking about is her child, Claire, who has congenital heart disease and is now about to enter first grade, undergoing open heart surgery when she was seven days old. About Claire getting pneumonia when she was one month […]

COMMENTARY

Column: States and schools should reinstate mask mandates

BY: - July 21, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory. In the past 14 days, the United States has seen tremendous growth in COVID-19 cases again. This has included a 36% increase in hospitalizations and a 26% increase in deaths. With the more transmissible delta variant, infection rates are likely to keep rising quickly. As […]

Whitmer rolls out new K-12 budget proposal to close gap between low- and high-income districts

BY: - May 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday her priorities for K-12 education that uses federal funds and a state surplus to close the equity gap for Michigan’s schools.  “Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help each and every student recover academically, mentally and physically,” Whitmer said in a statement. “With the resources we have available […]