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Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

Opinion | I’m a Michigan educator. Here's why online learning should 'count'

March 23, 2020 | Carrie Roth

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.

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

Opinion | Michigan must embrace digital age now or watch its students suffer

March 21, 2020 | Michael Warren

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.

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

Opinion | Amend third-grade reading law, U.P. school superintendents urge

February 26, 2020 | Upper Peninsula school superintendents

"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.

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

Kettering University president: College is ‘increasingly not relevant’

February 19, 2020 | Ron French

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.  

Opinion | Michigan’s school finance system limits vulnerable students' prospects

Opinion | Michigan’s school finance system limits vulnerable students' prospects

January 23, 2020 | Amber Arellano

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.

Opinion | How Michigan’s early middle colleges transform students’ lives

Opinion | How Michigan’s early middle colleges transform students’ lives

January 19, 2020 | Beverley Geltner

More than 13,000 Michigan students attend early middle colleges, which allow students to earn college credit as early as ninth grade.  

Opinion | Thank Michigan educators for their selflessness, spirit of giving

Opinion | Thank Michigan educators for their selflessness, spirit of giving

January 6, 2020 | Paula Herbart

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.  

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

Opinion | Retirement must be factored in with considering teacher salaries

December 13, 2019 | Royce Humm

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.

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

Opinion | Read by Grade 3 law doesn’t hurt kids – it’s offering a lifeline

December 12, 2019 | Amanda Price

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.

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

Opinion | Don’t gut the third-grade reading law; give it a chance to work

November 25, 2019 | Mike Jandernoa

Holding children back so they can achieve future success is not “punitive;” it is proactive.

Opinion | Michigan spending more on education, but teacher pay stagnant

Opinion | Michigan spending more on education, but teacher pay stagnant

October 27, 2019 | Eric Lupher

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.

Opinion | New electric school buses will benefit student health in Michigan

Opinion | New electric school buses will benefit student health in Michigan

October 10, 2019 | Liesl Clark

Seven Michigan communities will have electric buses on the road soon.

Opinion | Cutting Michigan Tuition Grant puts the state at stake

Opinion | Cutting Michigan Tuition Grant puts the state at stake

October 10, 2019 | Michael Le Roy

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.

Opinion | The Republican school budget hurts Michigan students

Opinion | The Republican school budget hurts Michigan students

September 27, 2019 | Dayna Polehanki

The plan now being considered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t help turn around Michigan’s schools, says a former teacher and current legislator.  

Opinion | Real funding is down for Michigan schools. Thanks, DeVos family

Opinion | Real funding is down for Michigan schools. Thanks, DeVos family

September 24, 2019 | David Arsen, Tanner Delpier

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. 

Opinion | Michigan should fight weakening of federal school lunch standards

Opinion | Michigan should fight weakening of federal school lunch standards

September 23, 2019 | Anne Kittendorf

The federal government scaled back on requirements for healthy school meals. Michigan doesn’t have to.

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

Opinion | Stop pleading poverty, Michigan colleges. Taxpayers are plenty generous

September 19, 2019 | James Hohman

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.

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

Opinion | Don’t flunk lagging Michigan third-grade readers – reduce class size

September 18, 2019 | Barbara Gottschalk

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.

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

Opinion | Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage hurts kids, says Up North supt.

September 12, 2019 | Louis Steigerwald

The substitute teacher crisis shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s watched Michigan schools be shorted in state budgets for years.

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

Opinion | Fix the damn schools, Michigan

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio

A Wayne State professor takes political leaders to task for the sorry state of Michigan’s schools.

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