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Joe Biden’s $130B COVID plan may mean more tutors, summer hours in Michigan

Joe Biden’s $130B COVID plan may mean more tutors, summer hours in Michigan

January 18, 2021 | Ron French

The pandemic likely will increase achievement gaps. Michigan education advocates say schools need to start planning now for how to help struggling students, including more money for tutoring and summer school, priorities that align with the incoming Biden administration.

More F’s, more worries: Michigan school leaders rethink grading during pandemic

More F’s, more worries: Michigan school leaders rethink grading during pandemic

January 16, 2021 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

Halfway into the school year, Michigan students are failing classes at higher rates, concerning educators who say it’s more evidence of the coronavirus’s disruption of learning.

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

Gov. Whitmer urges Michigan schools to offer in-class learning by March 1

January 8, 2021 | Ron French

Ten months after she ordered all schools to close to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said it’s time to plan for reopening classes. Recent studies show schools can remain safe with certain precautions, while there can be a heavy price for keeping children isolated.

Michigan teachers tackle Wednesday’s insurrection: ‘I don’t want my students to be alone’

Michigan teachers tackle Wednesday’s insurrection: ‘I don’t want my students to be alone’

January 8, 2021 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

Owen Bondono’s language arts classes were supposed to focus on text structures Thursday, but there was no way the Oak Park teacher was going to ignore the insurrection that took place in the nation’s capital the day before.

Blank screens, distracted students: Michigan teachers on COVID classrooms

Blank screens, distracted students: Michigan teachers on COVID classrooms

January 5, 2021 | Ron French

 Six teachers from across Michigan offered a sobering view of online instruction during the pandemic, from more students flunking classes to the deflating experience of teaching into a blank computer screen.

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

Best of Bridge Michigan: The top education stories of 2020

December 31, 2020 | Bridge Staff

The pandemic forced Michigan schools to go remote. It didn’t always go well. This week, Bridge revisits its most impactful stories.

Detroit police working to de-escalate confrontations with the mentally ill

Detroit police working to de-escalate confrontations with the mentally ill

December 14, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Years after other Michigan departments, the state’s largest city police force turns to specialized mental health training for officers.

Catholic high schools sue for exemption from Michigan COVID closure order

Catholic high schools sue for exemption from Michigan COVID closure order

December 8, 2020 | Ron French

Arguing that state restrictions infringe on religious liberty, Catholic high schools are asking a federal court to allow them to decide whether to offer in-person instruction even as COVID surges through Michigan.

‘It’s been hell.’ 1 house, 5 kids, and a pandemic struggle to learn at home

‘It’s been hell.’ 1 house, 5 kids, and a pandemic struggle to learn at home

December 7, 2020 | Ron French

Up to half of all Michigan K-12 students were taking all of their classes from home, with more added after the recent state coronavirus health order. Rural areas are particularly struggling.

Some Michigan schools will stay remote until January amid COVID

Some Michigan schools will stay remote until January amid COVID

December 1, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s high schools are ordered to be closed through Dec. 8, but with another holiday just two weeks later, some school districts are choosing to not reopen until after the new year.

Report: Michigan’s most vulnerable students have limited learning options during the pandemic

Report: Michigan’s most vulnerable students have limited learning options during the pandemic

November 20, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

The students who need in-person instruction the most are among the least likely to get it, new Michigan data shows.

Thousands fled Michigan schools in fall. Will COVID home-schoolers come back?

Thousands fled Michigan schools in fall. Will COVID home-schoolers come back?

November 18, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan schools are uncertain how many students who’ve fled public schools during the pandemic will return when there is a vaccine.

‘How am I going to do this again?’: Michigan families squeezed as COVID cases skyrocket and classrooms shut down

‘How am I going to do this again?’: Michigan families squeezed as COVID cases skyrocket and classrooms shut down

November 17, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

The Troy School District in suburban Detroit shut down its in-person classrooms last week because of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Just like that, life for the Onyx family was back to impossible.

Upper Peninsula students can’t exit COVID quarantine for football playoffs

Upper Peninsula students can’t exit COVID quarantine for football playoffs

November 13, 2020 | Ron French

Pickford is the reigning Division 1 eight-man football state champ, but it couldn’t beat COVID-19. School board members criticized for putting sports before student safety.

With teachers out from COVID, Michigan schools can’t keep classes open

With teachers out from COVID, Michigan schools can’t keep classes open

November 13, 2020 | Ron French

With coronavirus cases surging across Michigan, schools are facing not only a health crisis, but a staffing crisis: There aren’t enough substitute teachers to replace classroom teachers who are infected or quarantined.

With COVID rising, Detroit closes classrooms; other districts may follow

With COVID rising, Detroit closes classrooms; other districts may follow

November 12, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit had fought to keep its school buildings open, but the pandemic has caught up with the state’s largest district and its 51,000 students.

COVID spurs University of Michigan to close dorms, ask students to stay home

COVID spurs University of Michigan to close dorms, ask students to stay home

November 6, 2020 | Ron French

To try to head off another surge of coronavirus cases, U-M is encouraging students to stay in their hometowns next semester. The request comes as cases are skyrocketing in Michigan and nationwide.

Classroom or home? Michigan schools, families still struggle to choose

Classroom or home? Michigan schools, families still struggle to choose

November 2, 2020 | Ron French

Some Michigan schools are bringing students back to classrooms, while others are preparing for possibly going virtual. No decision is easy — or permanent — during a pandemic.

Michigan revamps K-12 schools website to make comparisons easier

Michigan revamps K-12 schools website to make comparisons easier

October 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan parents and educators who want to dive into school data now have a streamlined and updated website to use, part of Michigan’s effort to make it easier to find school information.

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

October 27, 2020 | Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat

There has been no effort from the federal government to systematically track school openings and COVID outbreaks. That means we are often relying on data from those who volunteer it, and lack good information about how schools that have reopened might differ from those that have not.

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