Michigan law requires educators to immediately report suspected abuse. But when a 13-year-old told Northern Michigan Christian Academy officials her teacher sexually assaulted her in 2004, they didn’t call police or child protection workers.
Keeping students in classrooms amid a volatile pandemic remains an all-consuming topic for school leaders. Children are suffering from years of disruption as districts weigh how to spend billions in additional federal dollars.
House leadership Saturday ordered lawmakers and staff to preserve records on the former speaker, who faces sexual assault allegations. The order was spurred by allegations in a Bridge Michigan article Friday, which includes lengthy interviews with his accuser.
She said Chatfield groomed and then assaulted her when she was a 15- or 16-year-old student at a Chatfield family-run Christian school in northern Michigan where he taught. She said the assaults continued for years before she filed a police report in December.
Scholarships for aspiring teachers and loan forgiveness for current educators won’t stop Michigan schools from closing now, but it could lessen the state’s teacher shortage long-term, says the state’s top school official