A group representing Michigan charter schools accuses the DOE of adding new hurdles for charters to access federal money to open new schools. Supporters of the rules say they rein in problematic practices within the charter school industry.
Michigan has more than 800 school districts, which previous governors have tried to combine to save on administrative costs. The new education budget contains $237 million aimed at getting school districts to consider consolidating.
In approving the state’s education budget early Friday morning, the GOP legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also added investment in school safety measures and the teacher pension system, thanks to unexpectedly high state revenues this year.
Michigan officials launched the pilot, called Strong Beginnings, on the premise that high-quality education has profound benefits for all early learners, not just those who are a year away from kindergarten.
State educations leaders have not provided the coordination and financial support as in some other states, leaving Michigan school districts to develop their own programs or take other approaches to stemming learning delays.
Using federal COVID relief funds to curb learning loss, some local school districts are putting money into tutoring. A review of 16 programs shows some schools follow best practices more closely than others.
An unprecedented $6 billion in federal COVID relief money has come to Michigan to help schools, with mental-health support one of its pillars. It’s a lot of money, but young students will need a lot of help.
Michigan’s efforts to boost third-grade reading skills took a hit during the pandemic, with teachers reporting less time to provide targeted support to struggling readers, particularly more vulnerable readers, an MSU report found.
Even superintendents who championed returning students to classrooms in Michigan are finding it difficult to keep doors open full-time this year amid staff shortages, outbreaks and behavioral issues. Critics say schools should do more.
Many early educators in Michigan will soon receive $1,000 bonuses, a ‘thank you’ to thousands of workers across the state who stuck with challenging, low-paid, and essential jobs through the scariest days of the pandemic.