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Late Tuesday evening, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a revised Gatherings and Face Mask Order that uses targeted loosening of restrictions to encourage vaccination and outdoor activities. The new order goes into…
On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance this week regarding end-of-year gatherings that provides some welcome clarity around issues like dancing at prom and attendee capacity limits for in-person…
Both the House and Senate moved forward this week on their versions of supplemental budgets to spend large chunks of the federal pandemic response funding the state has received. The two sets of proposals are different in scope and scale. The three…
UPDATE: Since the initial publication of this article, we have received many, many questions about whether the 1,000 person limit for an outdoor event applies to all attendees or just guests. We have checked with multiple school attorneys and have…
This morning, Governor Whitmer announced that the state would be taking a new approach to gradually relax gathering limits based on the state's overall vaccination rate. The MI Vacc to Normal campaign will roll back major aspects of the face mask…
It was all about the Benjamins in Lansing this week as both the House and Senate reported out their recommendations for the 2021-22 budget, giving us our first opportunity to compare them to each other and to the Governor's proposal, the three major…
It's tempting when confronted with a School Aid Budget proposal to want to boil it down to how much money each version spends per pupil. But at least this year, that isn't a deep enough dive to truly understand what each proposal might mean for your…
In an epic spending spree, the House put forward a proposal this week to spend all $13 billion in federal pandemic relief funding still left on the books. Of that, roughly $4.8 billion would go to K-12 education and most of that money (about $4.2…
The House and Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittees both reported out their versions of the 2021-22 School Aid budget on Thursday. With these two bills, we now have budget proposals from all three major players in the budget process (the Governor…
On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health And Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new epidemic order to replace the previous one which was set to expire on April 19. But Principals don't need to worry about any major changes since the new order is…
As infection rates continue to climb in Michigan, educators and parents across the state were swapping rumors that the MDHHS and Governor Whitmer would take some action like requiring schools to shift to remote instruction or putting more severe…
Citing alarming increases in Michigan's COVID-19 case numbers, Governor Whitmer is urging Michigan high schools to shift to remote instruction and schools to suspend all youth sports for two weeks. The recommendation came at a press conference this…