Michigan school opinions
Online and offline, teachers are solving crises and delivering quality education amid the new coronavirus outbreak. That should count for something, this guest author writes.
Our guest author, a former member of the State Board of Education,says his recommendations from 18 years ago should be implemented to address the current educational crisis amid the coronavirus.
"Flunking a student is immediately traumatic and is more likely to be experienced by those students who are categorized as poor, male and/or minority," the group of Upper Peninsula school superintendents writes.
Robert McMahan says universities must change, or companies are going to stop buying what they’re selling. Kettering graduates produce the highest return on financial investment of any Michigan university.
Michigan can learn much from other states, where student achievement is better overall and a Zip code doesn’t limit opportunity – thanks in part to education funding focused on opportunity for all.
More than 13,000 Michigan students attend early middle colleges, which allow students to earn college credit as early as ninth grade.
Our state's teachers, support staff and other public school employees are committed to helping students. This work doesn't end when the school bell rings.
Retirement system costs for school personnel should be a high priority and shouldn’t be viewed as competition with school operations budget, says this guest author.
Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law isn’t some scary new policy looming over local students – it’s an essential reform that’s already yielding real results that benefit our kids, says the author of this Guest Commentary.
Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.
Lansing’s failures to adequately manage and fund the state retirement system of teachers is chewing up the small annual increases in the state budget for K-12 education.
Seven Michigan communities will have electric buses on the road soon.
Funding for students at independent colleges and universities is a vital investment in the well-being of the state — a blending of the individual and common good, says this university president.
The plan now being considered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t help turn around Michigan’s schools, says a former teacher and current legislator.
Total dollars spent on Michigan’s School Aid Fund are up. But that doesn’t take into account inflation, the funds diverted to colleges, or the lack of real investment in the past decade, especially for the most vulnerable students.
The federal government scaled back on requirements for healthy school meals. Michigan doesn’t have to.
Maybe the state Legislature shouldn’t be debating how much money to give Michigan’s public universities, but how little. It’s time for taxpayer-supported colleges to get serious about financial restraint.
Reading scores are going down in Michigan despite efforts. Maybe it’s time to redirect that early literacy funding toward reducing class size, says one teacher.
The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.