Talent & Education
To prosper, Michigan must be a more educated place. Bridge will explore the challenges in education and identify policies and initiatives that address them.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School and legislative leaders are meeting to determine how best to continue education if the coronavirus keeps classrooms closed for months.
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.
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 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.
Parents are flooding Bridge with questions about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Michigan schools. We have some answers.
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.
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.
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.
As enrollment declines, Michigan districts are turning to two-year kindergarten programs, placing teachers in private schools and academies for home-schoolers.
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.
From zero tuition to student loan bailouts, Democrats campaigning in Michigan’s March 10 primary are proposing big changes to higher education. Some question the feasibility of the proposals.