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Trump urges schools to reopen during coronavirus. Michigan parents say no.

Trump urges schools to reopen during coronavirus. Michigan parents say no.

April 28, 2020 | Ron French

A recent poll of Michigan families with K-12 students shows overwhelming, bipartisan support for keeping classrooms closed for the rest of this school year.

First Michigan college unveils fall plan: masks, tests, some campus classes

First Michigan college unveils fall plan: masks, tests, some campus classes

April 24, 2020 | Ron French

Oakland University becomes the first in Michigan to detail what college during coronavirus will look like. Students will meet online and come to campus in masks. Sports will continue. But not before fans. 

Coronavirus guts Michigan college budgets. And it’s going to get worse

Coronavirus guts Michigan college budgets. And it’s going to get worse

April 24, 2020 | Ron French

Already bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars because of coronavirus shutdowns, Michigan college and university officials try to plan a future with ‘more questions than answers.’

Education is a fundamental right, appeals court rules in Detroit case

Education is a fundamental right, appeals court rules in Detroit case

April 23, 2020 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

A group of Detroit students asked: Is there a constitutional right to literacy? A United States appeals court says yes.

Nervous Michigan colleges to high school seniors: Call me, maybe

Nervous Michigan colleges to high school seniors: Call me, maybe

April 22, 2020 | Ron French

The coronavirus pandemic is causing jitters among incoming college students and the colleges themselves. So 40 Michigan public and private colleges are offering their admissions officers’ phone numbers.

Michigan colleges don’t know if students will return to campus this fall

Michigan colleges don’t know if students will return to campus this fall

April 20, 2020 | Ron French

Already bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars because of coronavirus shutdowns, Michigan college and university officials are huddling on scenarios for a fall semester expected to be like none in the past.

If work doesn’t count, will Michigan students bother during coronavirus?

If work doesn’t count, will Michigan students bother during coronavirus?

April 13, 2020 | Ron French

The push to assemble plans for remote learning is remarkable, but also shines light on disparities between affluent school districts (think online learning) and lower-income schools (homework packets).

In rural Michigan, teacher mourns coronavirus loss not counted in hospitals

In rural Michigan, teacher mourns coronavirus loss not counted in hospitals

April 12, 2020 | Ron French

The learning deficit that a Mayville third-grade teacher fears from her “kiddos” being out of classrooms for nearly six months is playing out across the state.

Half of Michigan school children will get coronavirus food cash

Half of Michigan school children will get coronavirus food cash

April 10, 2020 | Ron French

All families with K-12 students eligible for free or reduced lunch will receive EBT cards that can be used for groceries — no sign-up for the cards required. Meanwhile, schools are still providing meals, too.

With bedtime stories and growing unease, a Michigan elementary confronts coronavirus

With bedtime stories and growing unease, a Michigan elementary confronts coronavirus

April 2, 2020 | Ron French

Uncomfortable being separated from their students for three weeks, Michigan educators are now scrambling to teach remotely for the rest of the school year. It won’t be easy.

What Michigan’s coronavirus school closure means for you

What Michigan’s coronavirus school closure means for you

April 2, 2020 | Ron French

Seniors will graduate, others will move up a grade, and teachers get paid. But if you’ve bought a prom dress, you’re probably out of luck.

Whitmer closes Michigan classrooms for school year due to coronavirus

Whitmer closes Michigan classrooms for school year due to coronavirus

April 2, 2020 | Ron French

It wasn’t a decision anyone wanted to make, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut the state’s school buildings for the remainder of the school year. School districts will ramp up remote learning for their homebound students.

Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up

Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up

March 30, 2020 | Ron French

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to close schools for the year, graduate seniors, move other students up a grade, waive the third-grade reading law and ensure teachers and other staff are paid.

Michigan scrambles to salvage school year in wake of coronavirus

Michigan scrambles to salvage school year in wake of coronavirus

March 25, 2020 | Ron French

School and legislative leaders are meeting to determine how best to continue education if the coronavirus keeps classrooms closed for months.

Coronavirus extends Michigan school closures until at least April 14

Coronavirus extends Michigan school closures until at least April 14

March 23, 2020 | Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Monday order to stay home through midnight April 13 means an extension of at least eight days to the already ordered three-week school closure.

Parents urge Michigan to change rules about online learning during coronavirus

Parents urge Michigan to change rules about online learning during coronavirus

March 21, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan Schools Superintendent Michael Rice set off a firestorm Friday by saying online learning during the coronavirus crisis wouldn’t count. Now, educators and parents want legislators to change the law to ensure it does.

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

A Michigan school bus turns food truck during coronavirus school shutdown

March 20, 2020 | Kelly House

In one sparsely populated, vast Northern Michigan school district, school buses are delivering meals to students who otherwise might go hungry amid a three-week shutdown of the state’s schools.

Will Michigan classes stay closed, and other coronavirus impact on schools

Will Michigan classes stay closed, and other coronavirus impact on schools

March 20, 2020 | Ron French

Parents are flooding Bridge with questions about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Michigan schools. We have some answers.

Michigan schools asked to open emergency child care centers for ‘essential workers’

Michigan schools asked to open emergency child care centers for ‘essential workers’

March 18, 2020 | Ron French

In the latest sign of how bad things could get, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks schools to set up emergency child care centers for the children of “essential workers,” from doctors to grocery stockers, needed in the pandemic fight.

Michigan standardized tests may be put on ice this year due to coronavirus

Michigan standardized tests may be put on ice this year due to coronavirus

March 17, 2020 | Ron French

State education leaders have asked for a waiver to allow Michigan schools to ditch federally mandated testing this spring, due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

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