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Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

June 17, 2020 | Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that schools will reopen in September. But what those classrooms will look like will vary greatly among school districts.

Pomp and scary circumstance: images of Michigan grads amid coronavirus

Pomp and scary circumstance: images of Michigan grads amid coronavirus

June 12, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

High school graduation season in Michigan is always a special time. This year was like no other.

Michigan launches a WiFi hotspot map to aid those lacking Internet access

Michigan launches a WiFi hotspot map to aid those lacking Internet access

June 10, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

It’s just a map, and there are only 300 hotspots marked so far, but a new interactive hotspot locator is a step in the right direction toward increasing broadband access.

Michigan colleges vow to reopen in fall. Experts say read the fine print.

Michigan colleges vow to reopen in fall. Experts say read the fine print.

June 10, 2020 | Ron French

Many colleges and universities are planning for students to return to campus in the fall. But there are caveats due to the unpredictability of COVID-19. And on campus or off, college life promises to be much different. 

Poll: Michigan Dems, GOP disagree whether schools will be safe for kids

Poll: Michigan Dems, GOP disagree whether schools will be safe for kids

June 9, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

Reopening the state’s K-12 schools is a matter of education and health policy. But politics has a big impact on views, according to a new poll.

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

June 4, 2020 | Ron French

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise crippling budget cuts caused by coronavirus revenue shortfalls.

Nearly a third of Michigan educators mull quitting because of coronavirus

Nearly a third of Michigan educators mull quitting because of coronavirus

June 4, 2020 | Ron French

A survey of Michigan educators reveals that thousands may flee schools because of the pandemic, putting further strain on a school system facing budget cuts and uncertain public health restraints.

MSU’s likely fall plan: face masks, takeout food and Saturday classes

MSU’s likely fall plan: face masks, takeout food and Saturday classes

June 3, 2020 | Ron French

College will be a far different experience for students in East Lansing in September, as the school works to keep students and staff safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

MSU football may return amid coronavirus but with fewer fans and face masks

MSU football may return amid coronavirus but with fewer fans and face masks

June 2, 2020 | Ron French

MSU President Samuel Stanley suggests college football could return safely, but with lots of testing, only 20 percent of Spartan Stadium filled and fans in face masks. Welcome to COVID college football.

A tale of two states: Ohio and New York take different paths to budget cuts for schools

A tale of two states: Ohio and New York take different paths to budget cuts for schools

May 29, 2020 | Matt Barnum

“I am certainly encouraged to see a state leader deciding to shield its high-poverty districts from the bulk of these cuts,” said one expert.

Michigan State to bring students back to campus in fall amid coronavirus

Michigan State to bring students back to campus in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 2020 | Ron French

Classes will be back in session in East Lansing, but students will leave at Thanksgiving. Football weekends? Those are still up in the air.

Two days in school, three at home? That’s the plan in one Michigan district.

Two days in school, three at home? That’s the plan in one Michigan district.

May 19, 2020 | Ron French

With continued coronavirus fears, West Bloomfield Public Schools will bring most kids into classrooms only two days a week this fall. Will other school districts follow suit?

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The full U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a Detroit literacy case and reconsider a groundbreaking panel ruling that students have a fundamental right to a basic education.

Shirkey: Don’t cut Michigan schools budget despite $1.2 billion shortfall

Shirkey: Don’t cut Michigan schools budget despite $1.2 billion shortfall

May 18, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s K-12 schools face a $1.2 billion shortfall for the school year ending in June. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he will push the feds to fill the gap. But next year’s school budget is in far greater danger. 

Laptops and bathrobes: Michigan State’s virtual graduation amid coronavirus

Laptops and bathrobes: Michigan State’s virtual graduation amid coronavirus

May 17, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

How do you celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime event in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic? We talked to Michigan State University grads about making the best of Saturday’s ceremony and what’s next.

Western Michigan University plans fall campus return amid coronavirus

Western Michigan University plans fall campus return amid coronavirus

May 15, 2020 | Ron French

Western Michigan in Kalamazoo intends to reopen its campus and classrooms to students for the fall semester, assuming public health directives related to the coronavirus pandemic allow it.

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

May 14, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit students had sued the state, saying it had failed to provide a basic level of education that they argued was a basic right. After a federal appeals court agreed with the students, Whitmer and the plaintiffs have reached an agreement.

No salad bars but face masks galore. Welcome to college amid coronavirus

No salad bars but face masks galore. Welcome to college amid coronavirus

May 13, 2020 | Ron French

Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University join rush to bring students back in fall amid coronavirus. Most Michigan colleges that have announced plans for September are choosing to return to face-to-face classes.

Ferris State latest in Michigan to return students in fall amid coronavirus

Ferris State latest in Michigan to return students in fall amid coronavirus

May 12, 2020 | Ron French

The majority of colleges in Michigan that have announced plans for the fall semester are choosing to return to face-to-face classes, presenting challenges for schools trying to keep students safe.

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Ron French

The Senate education committee chair said drastic cuts of $2,000 per student may be unavoidable in the fall following huge tax revenue losses from the pandemic. School officials cite the need for more services, not fewer.

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