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GOP: Use $1.3 billion in fed money to bail out Michigan schools amid COVID

GOP: Use $1.3 billion in fed money to bail out Michigan schools amid COVID

June 23, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan Republicans propose shipping the majority of the state’s remaining CARES Act funds to schools, and requiring schools to offer in-person education for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

As coronavirus drives remote learning, many Michigan students will suffer

As coronavirus drives remote learning, many Michigan students will suffer

June 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An analysis of K-12 schools found huge numbers of low-income students in rural and urban areas lack Internet access or the computers needed for online education. Without equal access, achievement gaps are likely to grow.

Students return to University of Michigan in fall. Football? Ask us later.

Students return to University of Michigan in fall. Football? Ask us later.

June 22, 2020 | Ron French

Students will return to campus in Ann Arbor, and at least some classes will be held in-person. But expect more online courses, fewer seats in dining halls, and a lot of face masks. Football? Ask later.

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

June 22, 2020 | Ron French

The coronavirus has left college officials with hard choices about the fall semester — bring students back, continue remote learning, or find a hybrid approach. Bridge will track plans as they are announced.

Michigan colleges aren’t seeing coronavirus enrollment drops they feared

Michigan colleges aren’t seeing coronavirus enrollment drops they feared

June 18, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

Preliminary indicators for first-year enrollment are steady or higher at Michigan’s largest universities. That’s a huge relief for college officials, who worried many would avoid campus until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed.

With ‘no way’ to stay safe, coronavirus drives Michigan teacher to quit

With ‘no way’ to stay safe, coronavirus drives Michigan teacher to quit

June 17, 2020 | Ron French

Liza McArdle taught foreign languages for 27 years. Now, she’s saying adios to teaching, saying she fears safety precautions won’t be enough to protect her from catching potentially deadly COVID-19 at Huron High School.

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, Chalkbeat

“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. 

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