David Hecker: Anti-worker policies from the Snyder era are holding Michigan back

BY: - September 6, 2021

Labor Day is a time to reflect on the hard-fought victories unions have won for all working people and consider our path forward as we continue our work to defend and uplift workers everywhere.  Usually, union members would be marching together down Michigan Avenue today — but while COVID prevents us from gathering for a […]


Trish Zornio: I quit teaching over COVID-19

BY: - September 4, 2021

It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]


David Hecker: Conservative myths about critical race theory hurt students and teachers

BY: - September 1, 2021

As educators, we believe in teaching kids the truth about our history and society, even when the truth is not pleasant. But some people across the country are working to infringe on teachers’ right and responsibility to be honest with their students about the history or racism, past and present, in our nation. In keeping […]

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 […]

‘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 […]


Column: Going forth with standardized tests may cause more problems than it solves

BY: , and - March 8, 2021

Despite the many ways that COVID-19 has disrupted schools, the U.S. Department of Education will not give states a pass on giving standardized tests to students this year as it did in spring 2020. That’s according to new guidance the department issued Feb. 22. The guidance invites states to request waivers to shorten tests, give […]

Biden urges states to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers

BY: - March 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines, setting a goal of ensuring that every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker is able to receive at least one shot this month. At least 34 states, including Michigan, and the District of Columbia have some […]

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 […]


Column: I’m a teacher. Why am I considered expendable?

BY: - March 1, 2021

In the timeless movie “Almost Famous,” main character William Miller loses his temper. “Who am I to you?” he shouts. “WHO AM I TO YOU?”  He is yelling at a groupie – er, Band-Aid – with whom he had just spent the night, who was now tossing him her laundry on his way out the […]

Education secretary nominee says teachers should be prioritized for vaccines

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — The president’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department said Wednesday that he wants teachers at the front of the line for vaccinations as local leaders debate reopening schools amid the pandemic. Miguel Cardona, a veteran educator from Connecticut, in his Senate confirmation hearing also faced questions from several Republicans about transgender students’ […]

New: Whitmer to announce COVID-19 pay bump for teachers, support staff

BY: - January 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance that she will outline her plan in Wednesday’s State of the State address to give teachers and support staff grants due to the pandemic. “I think we have to acknowledge that every person in the education ecosystem has been stressed to the limit, has continued to serve our kids,” […]

Whitmer rolls out updated vaccination plan, state reports 4,326 new COVID-19 cases 

BY: - January 6, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 508,736 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 12,918 have died from the virus, which is an additional 4,326 cases and 51 deaths since Tuesday. DHHS reports that an additional 42,762 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]