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Two new Executive Orders out this week (EO 2020-110 and EO 2020-115) reopened significant parts of the state's economy and created new opportunities for social gatherings. This has many schools wondering if and when they may be able to hold some…
Over 3,000 people have signed on to urge Michigan's Congressional delegation to support our schools by passing a robust federal aid package for education. If you haven't yet done so, take 30 seconds and do so now.     As you can see from this…
Today, Governor Whitmer's office announced that JoLynn Clark, Principal of Frankenmuth High School, has been appointed to the Governor's Return to School Advisory Council. This group of 25 experts includes educators, parents, and students who will…
Today, Governor Whitmer announced the adoption of Executive Order 2020-110, which replaces the previous Stay Home order. Today's EO marks a shift in focus away in that the previous orders required Michiganders to stay at home except for certain,…
This week, Governor Whitmer shared her budget and policy priorities during her regular Thursday press conference...at the top of her list were funding for classrooms and literacy on the budget side and high-quality childcare and a return to school…
It was a relatively quiet week in Lansing legislatively, but a handful of happenings set the stage for what educators can expect in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee began what promises to be a…
Last week, Governor Whitmer announced the formation of the Return to School Advisory Council.  At the same time, the Michigan Department of Education started appointing educators to serve on their Reopening of School Workgroups. And through it all,…
On Monday, Bridge Magazine set the tone for this budget-heavy week when they published an article in which Senate K-12 budget chair Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) was quoted as saying that schools need to “prepare for the worst” budget in decades…
The State Treasurer and directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies met Friday to come to consensus on the first holistic revenue estimates that the state has formalized since the pandemic hit in March. The short story: the state's general…
Today, Governor Whitmer announced the formation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall. The panel – which will be comprised of students, parents, frontline…
Governor Whitmer announced Thursday that the state has settled the so-called Right to Read lawsuit (Gary B v. State of Michigan) brought by seven Detroit Public Schools students who charged that the state had failed to fulfill their fundamental…
The Michigan House and Senate technically returned to full time session this week and – though neither took attendance or held any floor votes (in fairness, a few committees met) – legislative leadership took the opportunity of being back in town to…