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Opinion | As we plan for life post-pandemic, let's pivot to a new normal

Opinion | As we plan for life post-pandemic, let's pivot to a new normal

January 13, 2021 | Michael Rice

It’s not just pre-pandemic lessons from which we need to draw. We also need to learn from lessons from the pandemic, Michigan's superintendent writes.

Opinion | It's time to move to personalized learning for all students

Opinion | It's time to move to personalized learning for all students

January 8, 2021 | Eve Kaltz

The pandemic has illuminated the need for Michigan to change its education system, this former superintendent writes.

Opinion | Counting children in the pandemic

Opinion | Counting children in the pandemic

December 16, 2020 | Michael Rice

Local schools and school districts should continue to work with the widest range of community partners—faith-based institutions, social service agencies, law enforcement, and others—to ensure that every child in each community is receiving an education.

Opinion | Michigan’s leaders can act now to mitigate learning losses

Opinion | Michigan’s leaders can act now to mitigate learning losses

December 15, 2020 | Amber Arellano

To ensure that Michigan’s vulnerable students and families receive the support they need and deserve, we urge Michigan leaders to invest immediately in the most effective, highest leverage research-based strategies to begin to address troubling inequities.

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.

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.

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.

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

October 24, 2020 | Chris Thomas

Remote learning is not the 'tragedy' that is playing out. The real tragedy is the lack of national commitment to supporting public education and educators.

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

October 21, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

COVID cases are on the rise again, and despite our best efforts, the current in-person models of opening and closing schools don’t seem sustainable long-term.

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

October 7, 2020 | Jim Stapleton

The new school year began under an obsolete school funding approach that disregards the unique needs of students and threatens our state’s economic resurgence.

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.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

First Person | I opened schools early. Then COVID struck. I stand by the call.

September 21, 2020 | Keith Smith

No doubt, the coronavirus is dangerous, but so is social isolation, writes a superintendent, whose district had the first student in northern Michigan test positive for COVID-19.

Opinion | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

Opinion | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

September 16, 2020 | Amber Arellano

This is the time to commit to a fairer funding system that moves Michigan from its position as one of the least fair states for educational opportunity.

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

First Person | Back to school in Michigan: Too new, weird and heartbreaking

September 8, 2020 | Stella Govitz

An 11th-grader in Beaverton in central Michigan returns to school. Mask compliance is shaky. Emotions are raw. And students and teachers are doing their best to cope with a bizarre new reality.

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.

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.

Opinion | Parents want options for school reopening plans amid COVID

Opinion | Parents want options for school reopening plans amid COVID

August 5, 2020 | Adam Zemke, Lindsay Case Palsrok

Surveys make it clear that Michigan parents have strong, different views on how children should return to education this fall. Schools should respond by offering options.

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

Opinion | Michigan educators like me must be heard in school reopening talks

August 4, 2020 | Bill Daniels

A veteran public school teacher loves his job and his students, but has strong reservations about returning to in-person learning without safety assurances.

Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

Opinion | Whitmer’s school reopening plan puts student, teacher safety first

July 12, 2020 | David Hecker

The state’s roadmap for school reopening during the pandemic allows flexibility for communities to make their own decisions, while requiring safety protocols meant to help stem the spread of COVID-19, says AFT teacher union president David Hecker.

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