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 Education leaders beg Lansing: Don’t cut funds for poor Michigan students

Education leaders beg Lansing: Don’t cut funds for poor Michigan students

July 28, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan schools are likely to get less money in the coming state budget due to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus. One group urges lawmakers to make those cuts with a scalpel rather than an ax.

Michigan’s Black-white college graduation gap is one of largest in nation

Michigan’s Black-white college graduation gap is one of largest in nation

July 28, 2020 | Eve Washington

Black students drop out of Michigan colleges at a much higher rate than their white classmates. That graduation gap is third-worst in the country.

Michigan school districts push back on GOP plan for elementary classes

Michigan school districts push back on GOP plan for elementary classes

July 27, 2020 | Ron French

Grand Rapids joins Ann Arbor, Lansing and other large districts in planning to begin this fall with remote learning in all grades. A Republican bill, if passed, would threaten those districts with loss of state funds.

Battle in Michigan schools over need for standardized tests this year

Battle in Michigan schools over need for standardized tests this year

July 23, 2020 | Eve Washington, Sophia Yoon

Depending on who you ask, standardized tests are either more important than ever as students return to school after almost six months at home, or are the last thing students and teachers need during a pandemic.

Deadline for Michigan low-income college aid extended due to coronavirus

Deadline for Michigan low-income college aid extended due to coronavirus

July 23, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

Michigan’s low-income high school grads will have an extra year to sign up for financial aid that provides free tuition to the state’s community colleges.

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

July 22, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s school board and superintendent doubled down on a reopening plan amid complaints from teachers, students and community members who said it’s too early to return to in-classroom instruction. Now it’s up to the Legislature to make administrative changes that would support public school districts in online learning.

Judge: Detroit summer school students must get coronavirus test by Friday

Judge: Detroit summer school students must get coronavirus test by Friday

July 21, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit

 In what could be a precursor to battles this fall over school attendance during the pandemic, a parent group won a court battle to require coronavirus testing of summer school students in Detroit.

First Michigan school district to go fully online amid coronavirus

First Michigan school district to go fully online amid coronavirus

July 17, 2020 | Ron French

Students in Lansing will start the school year online. Will other Michigan school districts do the same? Most districts expect to make their plans public in the coming weeks.

Wayne State amid coronavirus: few in-person classes, mandatory face masks

Wayne State amid coronavirus: few in-person classes, mandatory face masks

July 15, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit’s public university will welcome students back for the fall, but it will be anything but a normal semester.

Michigan schools lean toward returning kids to classrooms amid coronavirus

Michigan schools lean toward returning kids to classrooms amid coronavirus

July 14, 2020 | Ron French

Students may wear face masks and may eat lunch at their desks, but the majority of Michigan schools that have announced plans for the fall are planning to offer families the option of full-time, face-to-face instruction.

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

July 13, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

Protestors blocked buses from picking up children in Detroit Monday, in a tense scene that captured the struggle between education and safety amidst a pandemic.

Will coronavirus curb ACT and SAT admissions tests at Michigan colleges?

Will coronavirus curb ACT and SAT admissions tests at Michigan colleges?

July 9, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

High school students can’t find sites to take high-stakes tests, or are seeing sites cancelling exams due to COVID-19. With more colleges already going test-optional, could these entrance exams be on the wane?

Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

July 7, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s attorney general joined AGs in several states in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over CARES Act dollars going to private schools. A DeVos spokesperson said the funding is intended for all students.

Here’s why Michigan won’t require social distancing in schools this fall

Here’s why Michigan won’t require social distancing in schools this fall

July 6, 2020 | Ron French

Desks won’t be six feet apart at your child’s elementary school in September, even if that’s the rule in restaurants. School officials say bringing students back full time would make social distancing nearly impossible.

Michigan calls on schools to have masks but no social distancing in class

Michigan calls on schools to have masks but no social distancing in class

June 30, 2020 | Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s school reopening plan has one surprising takeaway: Schools can choose whether or not to bring all students back to class at the same time, with no state requirement that forces schools to run classes in shifts.

For some Michigan college students, coronavirus is a risk worth taking

For some Michigan college students, coronavirus is a risk worth taking

June 29, 2020 | Eve Washington, Sophia Yoon

Whether it’s fatalism, naiveté or both, college students appear to be less concerned about catching the potentially deadly virus than school officials, even after more than 100 people were infected at one East Lansing college bar.

Michigan parents: School coronavirus measures great, but don’t stop sports

Michigan parents: School coronavirus measures great, but don’t stop sports

June 29, 2020 | Ron French

Most parents want schools to reopen in September, according to a University of Michigan poll.

Education advocates call for new approach to how schools get coronavirus aid

Education advocates call for new approach to how schools get coronavirus aid

June 25, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

With Michigan facing a $2.39 billion shortfall in its education budget, schools across the state are bracing for what could be the largest cut in state history.

Michigan moves to pause standardized tests amid coronavirus

Michigan moves to pause standardized tests amid coronavirus

June 25, 2020 | Ron French

With an ongoing pandemic and Depression-level unemployment, the state superintendent, a bipartisan group of legislators and leading superintendents want to take a year break from the M-STEP in 2020-21.   

COVID fallout: Fewer Michigan low-income students may be going to college

COVID fallout: Fewer Michigan low-income students may be going to college

June 24, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

A Michigan private college leader sends up a warning flare, saying that low-income high school grads aren’t enrolling or making deposits to save spots in upcoming college classes at the same rate as last year, a casualty of the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic.

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