GOP Lawmakers in the state legislature sparked conversations about critical race theory across the state after proposing a bill banning teaching it in K-12 schools. Michigan is just one of a number of states looking at similar legislation.
Michigan’s K-12 schools can expect a big spending boost as they prepare to welcome students back to classrooms.
By Rick Pluta
Jun 28, 2021
The Legislature is back in Lansing this week with the primary goal of wrapping up the state budget. That includes a spending plan for schools.
Lawmakers are working with an additional $4.4 billion dollars in federal COVID-19 recovery funds.
"This money can help schools recruit teachers, get classrooms ready, and deal with learning loss over the 16-month-long COVID crisis, but only if the Legislature votes to appropriate the money,” says Donald Wotruba, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Today on Stateside, K-12 education receives a historical boost, and Detroit filmmaker dream hampton talks art and social justice. Then, using drones to prevent Lake Michigan drownings. And hear how camping can become an experience in fine dining.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a $65 billion state spending plan and the release of billions in federal COVID-19 relief aid for K-12 schools, seeking to pressure the Senate to get on board so it could be signed into law soon.
There is an agreement between the Republican-led House and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but not with the GOP-controlled Senate. The plan that was passed late Thursday would, as the governor recently proposed, eliminate a funding gap among school districts — a milestone 27 years after Michigan overhauled the financing of public education.
The University of Michigan will be extending its Go Blue Guarantee to in-state students on its Flint and Dearborn campuses beginning fall semester. It guarantees free tuition to Michigan residents from families with less than $65,000 in income and less than $55,000 in assets.
University of Michigan students rallied at all three campuses Wednesday to call for more funding for U of M campuses in Flint and Dearborn.
A group of students and faculty want $100 million in additional money for the satellite campuses over the next five years.
“If they really wanted to value diversity, equity and inclusion, they would make sure that this is in this budget,” says Levi Todd, the U of M Flint student body president
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called for a dramatic expansion of the Great Start Readiness preschool program. She rolled out a proposal Tuesday to use $405 million in state and federal funds to make the program available to every eligible four-year-old in Michigan.
By Sehvilla Mann | WMUK
Jun 8, 2021
Western Michigan University has received a $550 million donation from anonymous alumni. It’s thought to be the largest single gift ever given to a public university in the U.S.
Western President Edward Montgomery says the donation, known as the Empowering Futures Gift, will be delivered to the WMU Foundation over the next 10 years.
There’s never been a last day of school quite like this one. Students and teachers throughout Michigan are nearing the finish line, with many keen to put the 2020-2021 pandemic school year behind them. Stateside caught up with two high schoolers about how the COVID-19 public health crisis has shaped their education and shifted their perspectives this year. We’ll be using just their first names to protect their privacy as minors.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she wants to use federal COVID relief funds and a surprise increase in state tax revenue to invest more in public education in Michigan.
Whitmer proposes $1.7 billion in one-time funding and over $900 million for ongoing investment.?
By Karel Vega | WKAR
May 26, 2021
A Michigan State University academic governance group is recommending requiring anyone on campus this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Michigan State University Council voted 87 to 11 during a special meeting Tuesday to recommend mandatory vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff participating in on-campus activities. The resolution exempts certain individuals, like people with religious objections or those medically unable to get a vaccine.
People in Grand Blanc are divided over a local school board member’s alleged links to the baseless online conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
“No more Q...in our school,” a group of about 50 sign waving protesters chanted as they walked outside Grand Blanc High School on Monday. A roughly equal number of counter-protesters waved their own signs in support of Amy Facchinello.
Facchinello was elected to the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education last year. She started a six year term in January.
The Michigan House of Representatives has proposed a change to the way the state allocates funding to public universities. The proposed plan would tie state funding to the number of full-time Michigan residents enrolled in a university.
Some state schools, like Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University, would get more in yearly funding. But two major research universities, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, would lose millions of dollars.
Albion College is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to campus for the planned fully in-person fall semester. Albion is the first college in Michigan to require that everyone on campus get the shot.
Medical and religious exemptions will be granted, and students, faculty, and staff will have until August 1 to submit proof of vaccination.
Today on Stateside, the Ford F-150 Lightning marks the company's first foray into the electric truck market. What should consumers expect? Plus, a new exhibition tracks the killing of Black Detroiters by police during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. And, how a Michigan GOP plan to change higher education funding would impact state colleges and universities.?
The late Doctor Robert Anderson committed sexual misconduct on “countless occasions” during his nearly four decades at the University of Michigan.
That’s the conclusion of an independent investigation conducted by the firm WilmerHale, and released on Tuesday.
The University of Michigan is planning for a mostly in-person fall semester after the COVID-19 pandemic forced many operations to go remote.?
Part of that process is getting faculty and staff who have been working remotely back on campus for in-person work. President Mark Schlissel announced today that the school is beginning a gradual phasing-in of on-site work.
Updated Thursday May 6, 2021, at 3:31 p.m.??
Traverse City students who participated in a racist social media group chat won’t be criminally charged.
In late April, local authorities began investigating a Snapchat group titled “slave trade.” That’s where some high school students in Traverse City pretended to place bids on people of color, including their classmates.?
Eli Broad, a Michigan State University alumnus who became a billionaire philanthropist and contemporary art collector, has died. He was 87.
Suzi Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. She said Broad died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness.
The Michigan Department of Education is offering an option to help school districts deal with what State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice calls a "critical shortage of special education teachers in many Michigan school districts."?
The MDE will allow a time limited waiver that enables a district to temporarily fill a vacancy in a special education classroom with a special education teacher whose specialty area - formally called an endorsement - differs from the classroom with an open slot.
The goal is to reduce reliance on substitute teachers in special education programs.
We’ve heard a lot about schools and the pandemic this year. We’ve heard about how some schools stayed in person and how some didn’t. We’ve heard from teachers and parents about what’s working and what isn’t in this strange school year.
There’s talk of a major investment in Flint Community Schools.
But at this point, it’s still just talk.
Flint public schools have been caught in a downward spiral for years, declining enrollment fueled by aging buildings.
But key players in Flint have been talking behind the scenes about a plan to build new schools.
To say Leah Juelke is an award-winning teacher is a bit of an understatement. She was a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in 2020; she was North Dakota's Teacher of the Year in 2018; and she was awarded an NEA Foundation award for teaching excellence in 2019.
But Juelke, who teaches high school English learners in Fargo, N.D., says nothing prepared her for teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The level of stress is exponentially higher. It's like nothing I've experienced before."
Update: 8:55 p.m.
At a meeting on Thursday evening, Detroit public school board members adopted a plan to maintain a pause on in-person instruction through May 11. The district will open schools for learning labs where students receive staff oversight on virtual learning on April 26. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district would consider suspending all in-person instruction through the end of the school year if the current COVID-19 surge continues. Positivity rates on COVID tests in Detroit are 20%.
The U.S. Department of Education has denied Michigan's request to waive the federal requirement of year-end statewide assessments, known as state summative tests, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.?
That means Michigan students are going to have to take the M-STEP and several other tests this spring.
In high school English classes, students are often tasked with trudging through the classics. At West Bloomfield High School, in Jennifer Tianen’s class, they’re getting a different view of one author in the literary canon.
These students have been transcribing the letters of Marjorie Bump, a Petoskey woman who was friends with Ernest Hemingway when he lived at his boyhood summer home of Windemere. She was also a character in his Nick Adams stories, particularly The End of Something, where Hemingway’s self insert character, Adams, ends up with a broken heart.
Any Oakland University student living in on-campus housing this fall will need to be get the COVID-19 vaccine before fall move-in in August. Students can get an exception for a religious or medical reason.
Bob Murphy is the chief policy officer at the Michigan Association of State Universities. He says although Oakland may be the first state university to have some sort of vaccine mandate, it won't be the last.
Wayne State University is putting classes and sports on hold, as COVID-19 rates surge in Detroit and across the state.
The 10-day pause will begin Wednesday. Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson said it’s necessary because average weekly COVID-19 positivity rates in Detroit have soared above 15%, the university’s trigger metric for in-person learning.
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