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Will coronavirus curb ACT and SAT admissions tests at Michigan colleges?

Will coronavirus curb ACT and SAT admissions tests at Michigan colleges?

July 9, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

High school students can’t find sites to take high-stakes tests, or are seeing sites cancelling exams due to COVID-19. With more colleges already going test-optional, could these entrance exams be on the wane?

Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

July 7, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s attorney general joined AGs in several states in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over CARES Act dollars going to private schools. A DeVos spokesperson said the funding is intended for all students.

Here’s why Michigan won’t require social distancing in schools this fall

Here’s why Michigan won’t require social distancing in schools this fall

July 6, 2020 | Ron French

Desks won’t be six feet apart at your child’s elementary school in September, even if that’s the rule in restaurants. School officials say bringing students back full time would make social distancing nearly impossible.

Michigan calls on schools to have masks but no social distancing in class

Michigan calls on schools to have masks but no social distancing in class

June 30, 2020 | Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s school reopening plan has one surprising takeaway: Schools can choose whether or not to bring all students back to class at the same time, with no state requirement that forces schools to run classes in shifts.

For some Michigan college students, coronavirus is a risk worth taking

For some Michigan college students, coronavirus is a risk worth taking

June 29, 2020 | Eve Washington, Sophia Yoon

Whether it’s fatalism, naiveté or both, college students appear to be less concerned about catching the potentially deadly virus than school officials, even after more than 100 people were infected at one East Lansing college bar.

Michigan parents: School coronavirus measures great, but don’t stop sports

Michigan parents: School coronavirus measures great, but don’t stop sports

June 29, 2020 | Ron French

Most parents want schools to reopen in September, according to a University of Michigan poll.

Education advocates call for new approach to how schools get coronavirus aid

Education advocates call for new approach to how schools get coronavirus aid

June 25, 2020 | Koby Levin, Chalkbeat

With Michigan facing a $2.39 billion shortfall in its education budget, schools across the state are bracing for what could be the largest cut in state history.

Michigan moves to pause standardized tests amid coronavirus

Michigan moves to pause standardized tests amid coronavirus

June 25, 2020 | Ron French

With an ongoing pandemic and Depression-level unemployment, the state superintendent, a bipartisan group of legislators and leading superintendents want to take a year break from the M-STEP in 2020-21.   

COVID fallout: Fewer Michigan low-income students may be going to college

COVID fallout: Fewer Michigan low-income students may be going to college

June 24, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

A Michigan private college leader sends up a warning flare, saying that low-income high school grads aren’t enrolling or making deposits to save spots in upcoming college classes at the same rate as last year, a casualty of the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic.

GOP: Use $1.3 billion in fed money to bail out Michigan schools amid COVID

GOP: Use $1.3 billion in fed money to bail out Michigan schools amid COVID

June 23, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan Republicans propose shipping the majority of the state’s remaining CARES Act funds to schools, and requiring schools to offer in-person education for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

As coronavirus drives remote learning, many Michigan students will suffer

As coronavirus drives remote learning, many Michigan students will suffer

June 23, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

An analysis of K-12 schools found huge numbers of low-income students in rural and urban areas lack Internet access or the computers needed for online education. Without equal access, achievement gaps are likely to grow.

Students return to University of Michigan in fall. Football? Ask us later.

Students return to University of Michigan in fall. Football? Ask us later.

June 22, 2020 | Ron French

Students will return to campus in Ann Arbor, and at least some classes will be held in-person. But expect more online courses, fewer seats in dining halls, and a lot of face masks. Football? Ask later.

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

June 22, 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.

Michigan colleges aren’t seeing coronavirus enrollment drops they feared

Michigan colleges aren’t seeing coronavirus enrollment drops they feared

June 18, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

Preliminary indicators for first-year enrollment are steady or higher at Michigan’s largest universities. That’s a huge relief for college officials, who worried many would avoid campus until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed.

With ‘no way’ to stay safe, coronavirus drives Michigan teacher to quit

With ‘no way’ to stay safe, coronavirus drives Michigan teacher to quit

June 17, 2020 | Ron French

Liza McArdle taught foreign languages for 27 years. Now, she’s saying adios to teaching, saying she fears safety precautions won’t be enough to protect her from catching potentially deadly COVID-19 at Huron High School.

Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

Whitmer: Michigan students can return to class if coronavirus stays steady

June 17, 2020 | Ron French, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that schools will reopen in September. But what those classrooms will look like will vary greatly among school districts.

Pomp and scary circumstance: images of Michigan grads amid coronavirus

Pomp and scary circumstance: images of Michigan grads amid coronavirus

June 12, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

High school graduation season in Michigan is always a special time. This year was like no other.

Michigan launches a WiFi hotspot map to aid those lacking Internet access

Michigan launches a WiFi hotspot map to aid those lacking Internet access

June 10, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

It’s just a map, and there are only 300 hotspots marked so far, but a new interactive hotspot locator is a step in the right direction toward increasing broadband access.

Michigan colleges vow to reopen in fall. Experts say read the fine print.

Michigan colleges vow to reopen in fall. Experts say read the fine print.

June 10, 2020 | Ron French

Many colleges and universities are planning for students to return to campus in the fall. But there are caveats due to the unpredictability of COVID-19. And on campus or off, college life promises to be much different. 

Poll: Michigan Dems, GOP disagree whether schools will be safe for kids

Poll: Michigan Dems, GOP disagree whether schools will be safe for kids

June 9, 2020 | Sophia Yoon

Reopening the state’s K-12 schools is a matter of education and health policy. But politics has a big impact on views, according to a new poll.

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