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Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan school districts would have the ability to choose in-person, remote or hybrid instruction this fall under a plan being negotiated by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature.

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

August 7, 2020 | Ron French

School closures in other states have Michigan education leaders preparing for what they say are inevitable closures and quarantines this fall.

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

August 6, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan schools are creating reopening plans for the fall during the coronavirus pandemic with little guidance from the state about what is required, and how they’ll be funded.

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Will 18-year-olds eager for a college experience opt to stay home to be safe? Michigan State University is about to find out.

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Despite planned safety protocols in schools, half of residents surveyed aren’t sold on the notion of returning children to classroom settings in the midst of a global pandemic. Thirty-six percent said schools would be safe, a drop since earlier polling.

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

August 3, 2020 | Ron French

MSU said in May it would reopen its campus in the fall. But rising coronavirus cases have led university officials to encourage students to take their classes online from their homes.

Court releases Michigan teen detained over homework amid pandemic

Court releases Michigan teen detained over homework amid pandemic

July 31, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

Grace’s story, first published by ProPublica Illinois, prompted outrage and debate across the country. Though a judge refused to set the girl free, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her immediate release from a juvenile detention facility in Detroit.  

Are Michigan schools safe to reopen? Here’s what science and doctors say

Are Michigan schools safe to reopen? Here’s what science and doctors say

July 30, 2020 | Ron French

Some schools say classrooms aren’t safe, and others are hanging up the welcome sign (albeit with plenty of face masks). It’s confusing even for epidemiologists.

 Q&A: Michigan Teacher of the Year is ‘terrified’ about school amid COVID

Q&A: Michigan Teacher of the Year is ‘terrified’ about school amid COVID

July 29, 2020 | Eve Washington

Michigan’s newly crowned Teacher of the Year is passionate about helping children, and he thinks it would help them to stay home this fall to lower the risks of the coronavirus.

Michigan superintendent: Don’t force schools to resume in-person classes

Michigan superintendent: Don’t force schools to resume in-person classes

July 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan districts are up against it to decide fall plans, and officials are worried that some will poach neighboring students. Superintendent Mike Rice wants to avoid that by freezing enrollment counts that are used to determine funding.

 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.

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