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 […]


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 […]

Educators and students push state to close schools while COVID cases surge

BY: - April 20, 2021

A coalition of Michigan educators and Detroit Public Schools Community District students have banded together urging the state to pause all in-person learning while COVID-19 cases spike statewide.  Six groups, including Michigan Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (MICORE), Black Lives Matter Michigan, Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan (DAYUM), Michigan Education Justice, Detroit Heals Detroit and Michigan […]

COVID-19 metrics have met the threshold to close some businesses, but the state is keeping them open

BY: - March 30, 2021

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and case positivity rates are spiking across Michigan, but restaurants, bars and schools remain open with some health restrictions. In the early days of the pandemic, the state put in place the MI Safe Start Plan to create COVID-19 safety metrics by region which would contribute to reopening plans for different sectors […]

810K children attending school virtually will start receiving food assistance

BY: - March 17, 2021

Around 810,000 Michigan children and their families have now begun to receive automatic food assistance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the state announced this week. The $741.6 million total in assistance benefits is aimed toward Michigan families that normally rely on free or reduced-price lunches at school to help feed […]

How the pandemic hit students in Michigan’s most disadvantaged schools hardest

BY: - March 6, 2021

Michigan has over 800 school districts that all individually felt the pain of COVID-19, but the state’s Partnership schools and districts were among the hardest hit by the pandemic.  Under the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration in 2017, the state formed the Michigan Partnership Model to improve the state’s lowest-performing public and charter schools and […]

Whitmer expands COVID-19 grants for teachers

BY: - March 1, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Head Start, adult education and young adult special education classroom teachers are now eligible to receive up to $500 grants under a new expansion of the MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 grant program. “The MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants are just a small token of […]

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 […]

Bills you may have missed, from limiting Whitmer’s powers to stopping school lunch shaming

BY: - February 22, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills on topics ranging from providing relief from the COVID-19 pandemic to changing how candidates for the State Board of Education are selected so far in February.  Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. Two additional Senate […]

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden admin.

BY: - February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus. Roughly $650 million of the sum would go toward creating regional coordinating centers, which will […]