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.
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 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.
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.
Monday marks the beginning of a three-week school closure in Michigan because of the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented crisis has parents searching for nannies, taking kids to work and throwing away rules on screen time.
Yes, free lunches are available from a lot of Michigan schools even during the break. No, your child won’t fall behind in class work if they don’t have access to high-speed Internet at home. Will the school year be extended? There are no plans — yet.
Michigan school districts are profiting from taxpayer-funded online academies that teach home-schoolers electives like ice skating and animal husbandry. The programs are legal, but the state is cracking down, alleging some districts are overcharging taxpayers.
Want to solve Michigan’s teacher shortage? A new report skips policymakers and asks the state’s teachers what they would do. More class support and financial incentives to new teachers would help, they say.
Michigan’s governor proposes a big move toward universal pre-K and free training and college for adults in a budget that includes the biggest school aid increase in 20 years. State university funding? Meh.
An estimated 5,000 students could be flagged to repeat third grade because of low reading scores. In her State of the State address, Whitmer will unveil a plan designed to help parents get around the Republican-backed law.