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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.

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

May 27, 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.

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.

Central Michigan University brings students back to campus for fall despite coronavirus

Central Michigan University brings students back to campus for fall despite coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Ron French

Students may sit farther apart, and residence hall suites will be less crowded, but CMU’s campus will be teeming with students again in September.

Flint, once home to legendary basketball teams, is now down to one

Flint, once home to legendary basketball teams, is now down to one

May 8, 2020 | Lane Kizziah

Thousands of fans used to cheer at rivalry games pitting basketball powers — Flint Central, Northern and Northwestern. Now there is just one, Southwestern, as students have fled the struggling school district.

Will Michigan summer camps fall victim to coronavirus, too?

Will Michigan summer camps fall victim to coronavirus, too?

May 6, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

Michigan kids (and their parents) look forward to summer camps. But some are closing for the year and others aren’t sure about their programming, as a precaution during the pandemic.

With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

May 5, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University plan to return to in-person classes this fall, joining Northern Michigan University that had announced the same decision earlier. That’s an easier call in the Upper Peninsula, where there are currently few COVID-19 cases

Grand Valley State to return students to campus in fall during coronavirus

Grand Valley State to return students to campus in fall during coronavirus

May 2, 2020 | Ron French

Grand Valley State University plans to resume traditional, in-person classes in September. So far, Michigan colleges that have made decisions about the fall semester run the gamut from fully online to back-to-normal.

Lansing Community College goes mostly online for fall amid coronavirus

Lansing Community College goes mostly online for fall amid coronavirus

May 1, 2020 | Ron French

The 21,000-student Lansing Community College will move most of its classes online for the fall semester, due to continuing fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Is the school’s plan a precursor to similar announcements on other campuses?

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

Northern Michigan University: Campus open in fall despite coronavirus fears

May 1, 2020 | Ron French

The Upper Peninsula public university is the first Michigan college to announce it is going forward with in-person classes in September. Most schools have put off making a decision for now. 

Michigan poll: Coronavirus break hurts kids, but don’t order more school

Michigan poll: Coronavirus break hurts kids, but don’t order more school

April 29, 2020 | Ron French

A poll of Michigan K-12 families finds mixed reviews of remote learning and concern about academics. But a plurality would still prefer a normal school year in fall, rather than a longer year or forced summer school. 

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