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COVID-19 at your Michigan school? Odds are, nobody is required to tell you.

COVID-19 at your Michigan school? Odds are, nobody is required to tell you.

August 26, 2020 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

The governor’s office and state health officials have yet to identify schools with active coronavirus outbreaks. And under current state policy, there is no requirement of a public announcement.

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

Feds demand answers from Gov. Whitmer on Michigan nursing home deaths

August 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The U.S. Department of Justice demands records from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democratic governors who "issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands." A Whitmer spokeswoman says the request is  “election-year politics.”

Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges

Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges

August 24, 2020 | Joey Horan, Outlier Media

Michigan is amid another surge of coronavirus inside prisons. Other states have taken to testing all corrections officers, but Michigan is relying on methods that some experts say are questionable and ineffective.

Swabs, sewage and campus bubbles: Can COVID testing keep colleges open?

Swabs, sewage and campus bubbles: Can COVID testing keep colleges open?

August 24, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

With guesswork built into coronavirus testing at Michigan colleges and universities, campus leaders hope to keep students and staff safe. Nobody, it seems, knows if their plans are likely to work. 

Opinion | Michigan colleges should move online to help K-12 schools reopen

Opinion | Michigan colleges should move online to help K-12 schools reopen

August 24, 2020 | David Hecker

As a state, we should be focused on bringing our infection rates down so that the students who need face-to-face education the most are able to safely receive in-person education as soon as possible, the president of the AFT-Michigan argues.

Fear of COVID outbreaks forces Eastern Michigan University online — for now

Fear of COVID outbreaks forces Eastern Michigan University online — for now

August 24, 2020 | Ron French

Classes are moving online and dorms will remain shuttered for the first three weeks of school at EMU, while officials figure out how to adjust their reopening plans in light of coronavirus outbreaks at other colleges, including Central Michigan University.

Opinion | Hybrid, remote, blended learning. What parents need to know. Now.

Opinion | Hybrid, remote, blended learning. What parents need to know. Now.

August 24, 2020 | Dan McMinn

Learning shouldn’t just be about where learning takes place, it should be about student achievement and understanding, a Michigan principal writes, in his advice to parents.

Health emergency declared as COVID spreads at Central Michigan University

Health emergency declared as COVID spreads at Central Michigan University

August 24, 2020 | Ron French

The COVID outbreak at CMU shows no signs of slowing, with the case count now at 54 among current students and 75 when counting others who were infected primarily at student gatherings.

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

August 24, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

School principals began asking teachers last week if they prefer to teach in person or remotely. Classes resume Sept. 8 for the district’s 51,000 students.

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

Michigan’s permanent layoffs suggest thousands of jobs may be gone for good

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists are starting to get data that indicate a longer, slower recovery period following steep job losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

Michigan town wonders what’s next as factory closes and 125 jobs are lost

August 21, 2020 | Paula Gardner

‘We need to find jobs that people can keep,’ says one store owner as the second-largest employer in Evart closed this summer. It’s just another blow to a community fighting for stability during the coronavirus pandemic.

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

Feds OK extra $300 a week for Michigan jobless – but it may not last long

August 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nearly a million Michiganders who have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic will eventually qualify for $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits, but the payments could take weeks to arrive and may last just weeks more.

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

Whitmer wins another round over executive powers. On to the Supreme Court

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A second court sided with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over the emergency powers she’s used to implement protections against COVID-19.

Michigan to identify schools with COVID outbreaks. In a couple of weeks.

Michigan to identify schools with COVID outbreaks. In a couple of weeks.

August 21, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

There are 14 coronavirus outbreaks reported at Michigan colleges and K-12 schools. The state’s top doc says Michigan’s data system doesn’t collect school names now, and will have to be updated. Until then, nothing.

Central Michigan started class Monday. By Friday: 38 coronavirus cases

Central Michigan started class Monday. By Friday: 38 coronavirus cases

August 21, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Michigan has already reported 14 school-related COVID-19 outbreaks. CMU’s appears to be another.

Despite FDA delay, Michigan to keep using convalescent plasma for COVID-19

Despite FDA delay, Michigan to keep using convalescent plasma for COVID-19

August 20, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

The FDA has delayed approving broader use of convalescent plasma until more randomized studies are completed. But Henry Ford and U-M doctors will continue to study the promising treatment on coronavirus patients. 

Opinion | When will Michigan movie theaters reopen? It's time to do it safely.

Opinion | When will Michigan movie theaters reopen? It's time to do it safely.

August 19, 2020 | George Miller

Michigan is one of only seven states that has not reopened movie theaters or announced a reopening date.

Watch Bridge’s Lunch Break discussion on the K-12 education landscape

Watch Bridge’s Lunch Break discussion on the K-12 education landscape

August 19, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

If you missed Tuesday’s talk on what’s in store for schools in the fall, watch our chat with two Michigan educators.

Data show most Michigan schools safe to reopen, but plans all over map

Data show most Michigan schools safe to reopen, but plans all over map

August 19, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Coronavirus standards set by the CDC, WHO and Harvard point to most Michigan counties being safe for class. But a lack of specific state benchmarks means individual districts are left to wing it on their own.

Michigan has 14 school-related coronavirus outbreaks. State won’t say where.

Michigan has 14 school-related coronavirus outbreaks. State won’t say where.

August 19, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

The state health department declined to say which K-12 schools or colleges had confirmed outbreaks, noting that it has not done so for many businesses. One education leader said parents will likely want to know. 

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