Michigan school opinions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

September 10, 2019 | Mike Addonizio

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

Opinion | Wind turbines helping fund schools? It’s happening in Michigan

August 26, 2019 | Peter Sinclair

An unexpected funding source – revenue from wind turbines – is helping some Michigan schools stay afloat.

Opinion | Fund the child, not the ZIP code, in Michigan school budget

August 16, 2019 | Lori Tubbergen Clark

A Michigan superintendent takes issue with a recent Bridge guest commentary that argued for equal, rather than equitable, school funding.

Opinion | Enough is enough – don’t fix Michigan's roads with classroom dollars

August 12, 2019 | Chris Wigent, Don Wotruba

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s idea doesn’t fix the damn roads – it kicks the can down the damn road.

Opinion | School equity proposal exacerbates system of winners vs. losers

August 5, 2019 | Sue Kelly

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $1 million school research collaborative has drawn widespread support statewide. There’s one problem: It doesn’t even the playing field.

Opinion | Michigan school libraries are still in limbo. Why?

August 2, 2019 | Patrick Taylor

Michigan cut back on school librarians during the recession. It’s time to bring them back.

Opinion | Want Michigan kids to learn science? Take them outside.

July 9, 2019 | Kathleen Bushnell Owsley

There’s a growing movement to take students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about the environment and nature. That’s happening in schools and programs around Michigan.

Michigan Teacher of the Year: Bring teachers into reform talks

June 21, 2019 | Magdalena Mihaylova

Cara Lougheed, an English and history teacher from Rochester Hills,  says she’s skeptical of school rating systems yet understands the desire among parents to evaluate schools in their community.

Opinion | Don’t let the summer sun melt academic gains

June 21, 2019 | Jamey Fitzpatrick

Students lose about a month of learning over the course of the summer. There are ways to stop that brain drain.

Opinion | Michigan high schools should require college financial aid literacy

June 14, 2019 | Darrin Camilleri

Rep. Darrin Camilleri may not have been able to afford college if he didn’t figure out how to fill out a federal financial aid form called the FAFSA. He’s now pushing to make the form a high school requirement.

Opinion | Please, Gov. Whitmer, fix Benton Harbor High. Don’t close it.

June 7, 2019 | Tiffany Tilley

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to close the high school in Benton Harbor because of low academic achievement and high debt. A State Board of Education member (and fellow Democrat) makes a case for investing in the struggling district, rather than closing the high school.

Opinion | Advice for the new Michigan superintendent, from a former one

June 3, 2019 | Tom Watkins

Former state superintendent Tom Watkins offers some words of wisdom to Michael Rice, who’ll take over as Michigan’s school chief in July.