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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.

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

July 1, 2020 | Gretchen Dziadosz

With a pause in school testing, now is the perfect time for Michigan to rethink its punitive third-grade reading law.

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

June 29, 2020 | Madeline Gupta

The writer, a rising senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, argues that students should not have to choose between education and safety during an uncertain pandemic. Staying home is the best choice. 

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

June 18, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

One way to end discrimination and racism is to overcome fear and ignorance through direct engagement and understanding.

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

June 11, 2020 | Eva McGregor Dodds

Requiring tests score for the fall 2020 application cycle creates an inequitable admission barrier that most negatively impacts urban and rural students amid a pandemic, the author writes.

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

Opinion | Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

June 3, 2020 | Michael Rice

The state's school superintendent urges Michiganders to lobby Congress directly for funding that preserves educational services.

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

Opinion | How Michigan universities are collaborating to continue K-12 learning

May 16, 2020 | Robert Floden, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Anita G. Welch

Educators and researchers at the Michigan State University College of Education, the University of Michigan School of Education and the Wayne State University College of Education are redoubling our efforts to assist school districts, parents and children deal with the challenges posed during a global coronavirus pandemic.

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