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Nessel sues DeVos to stop coronavirus funding to Michigan private schools

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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

Michigan superintendents: Skip standardized test this year amid coronavirus

With an ongoing pandemic and Depression-level unemployment, superintendents tell Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that families shouldn’t have to stress over the M-STEP test when schools reopen this fall. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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

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

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. → Read More

No band, busses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise cripping budget cuts caused by coronavirus revenue shortfalls. → Read More

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise crippling budget cuts caused by coronavirus revenue shortfalls. → Read More

Nearly a third of Michigan educators mull quitting because of coronavirus

: A survey of Michigan educators reveals that thousands may flee schools because of the pandemic, putting further strain on a school system facing budget cuts and uncertain public health restraints. → Read More

MSU’s likely fall plan: face masks, takeout food and Saturday classes

College will be a far different experience for students in East Lansing in September, as the school works to keep students and staff safe from the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

MSU football may return amid coronavirus but with fewer fans and face masks

MSU President Samuel Stanley suggests college football could return safely, but with lots of testing, only 20 percent of Spartan Stadium filled and fans in face masks. Welcome to COVID college football. → Read More

White cops in black communities underscore tension in Michigan protests

Police departments in several Michigan cities have a lower share of African-American officers than the communities they serve, leading to some scars that have yet to heal. → Read More

Michigan State to bring students back to campus in fall amid coronavirus

Classes will be back in session in East Lansing, but students will leave at Thanksgiving. Football weekends? Those are still up in the air. → Read More

Two days in school, three at home? That’s the plan in one Michigan district.

With continued coronavirus fears, West Bloomfield Public Schools will bring most kids into classrooms only two days a week this fall. Will other school districts follow suit? → Read More

Shirkey: Don’t cut Michigan schools budget despite $1.2 billion shortfall

Michigan’s K-12 schools face a $1.2 billion shortfall for the school year ending in June. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he will push the feds to fill the gap. But next year’s school budget is in far greater danger. → Read More

Western Michigan University plans fall campus return amid coronavirus

Western Michigan in Kalamazoo intends to reopen its campus and classrooms to students for the fall semester, assuming public health directives related to the coronavirus pandemic allow it. → Read More