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Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

December 31, 2020 | Bridge Staff

The pandemic forced Michigan schools to go remote. It didn’t always go well. This week, Bridge revisits its most impactful stories.

Opinion | Michigan colleges fighting to survive — for students and communities

Opinion | Michigan colleges fighting to survive — for students and communities

December 7, 2020 | David Roland Finley

Channeling the grit of the students they serve, Michigan’s community colleges are fighting to stay open amid a pandemic that has upended postsecondary education.

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

November 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ron French

A surge in the coronavirus in Michigan means another round of restrictions, including efforts to limit family gatherings for Thanksgiving.

COVID spurs University of Michigan to close dorms, ask students to stay home

COVID spurs University of Michigan to close dorms, ask students to stay home

November 6, 2020 | Ron French

To try to head off another surge of coronavirus cases, U-M is encouraging students to stay in their hometowns next semester. The request comes as cases are skyrocketing in Michigan and nationwide.

Opinion | Federal higher ed relief urgently needed for Michigan students

Opinion | Federal higher ed relief urgently needed for Michigan students

November 1, 2020 | Catherine Brown, Caroline Altman Smith

Federal funding is about to run out, and with them, a backbone of economic support for the state of Michigan.

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

October 26, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 99 Michigan school buildings, and more than 4,400 cases on college campuses. Still, there were signs the spread was slowing or receding in the past week.

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

Opinion | What Lansing got right: working together to educate more in Michigan

October 25, 2020 | Russ Kavalhuna

Honoring essential workers with free tuition is good public policy.

Despite rise in COVID, Michigan State to offer more classes, dorm housing

Despite rise in COVID, Michigan State to offer more classes, dorm housing

October 22, 2020 | Ron French

Saying coronavirus cases are the result of off-campus partying rather than classroom interaction, MSU is moving aggressively to increase in-person classes and on-campus housing beginning in January.

As COVID spreads, University of Michigan’s 31,000 undergrads ordered to stay home

As COVID spreads, University of Michigan’s 31,000 undergrads ordered to stay home

October 20, 2020 | Ron French

In issuing the order, which runs until Election Day, local health and university officials are trying to rein in student social gatherings in an effort to flatten a spike in coronavirus cases. But, hey, football games will go on.

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

Michigan college freshman enrollment drops amid COVID. Will they return?

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s public universities and community colleges report thousands fewer college freshmen, echoing national trends. Studies show that many students who do not go directly to college never enroll.

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 84 Michigan schools in 31 counties, and college cases top 5,000, says a state report released Monday.

Cheer the MSU Spartans! At home. Preferably alone. Welcome to COVID game day

Cheer the MSU Spartans! At home. Preferably alone. Welcome to COVID game day

October 14, 2020 | Ron French

College football is back. Game Day celebrations, not so much. Michigan State University’s president is discouraging fans from gathering to watch the opening game.

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

October 12, 2020 | Ron French

Cases on college campuses continue to rise, but the good news is that K-12 schools continue to have few COVID-19 infections. Parents also can now get faster disclosure of coronavirus cases in their local schools.

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

October 6, 2020 | Ron French

The administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving quickly to reinstate a school coronavirus reporting mandate that was struck down Friday by the state’s high court.

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

September 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Young voters could be a formidable bloc in the November election, and activists from both major political parties say they’re more motivated than ever. But despite efforts to make it easier to vote than ever, some question if they will.

Michigan Tech, Houghton County move to online learning amid COVID

Michigan Tech, Houghton County move to online learning amid COVID

September 28, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

COVID-19 cases have quintupled in Houghton County in the western Upper Peninsula this month. The halt to in-person learning is scheduled to extend to Oct. 12.

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

September 28, 2020 | Ron French

The number of K-12 schools with coronavirus outbreaks jumped from 28 to 46 schools in just a week. And there are now over 3,800 confirmed cases at colleges and universities across Michigan, numbers that are likely an undercount.

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

MSU, U-M, Wayne State presidents: Don’t expect in-person classes until fall 2021

September 25, 2020 | Ron French

College students better keep recharging their laptops. Classes are likely to remain online rather than in-person for the full 2020-21 academic year at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State.

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

Opinion | Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

September 24, 2020 | Mark S. Rosentraub

Big Ten college football is set to begin Oct. 24. A professor of sport management at the University of Michigan addresses some benefits and potential drawbacks of playing football too soon.

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

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