Michigan education policy

Lawmakers advanced a proposal that would let retirees take public school jobs immediately without giving up their pensions.
A particular area of concern is students who were in kindergarten in 2020 when the pandemic hit. Their third-grade reading results were well below pre-pandemic levels.
Governor’s executive order specifies that MiLEAP is not intended to infringe on the State Board of Education’s constitutional authority, so Nessel says it’s better to wait and see whether conflicts arise.
After a group of students found most of their peers lacked a “fundamental understanding” of what constituted consent and sexual assault, they advocated for state legislation that would better inform teens. The bill just became a reality.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described the bills signed Wednesday as an effort to help recruit and retain teachers.
MiLEAP will tackle early childhood education, after-school programs, and partnerships to promote career success
District officials are eager to spend the money to hire more academic interventionists, but a task force will also seek community input
The budget provides money to support teacher recruitment, Detroit initiatives, community advocacy, rural schools, and transportation.
“This year’s school aid budget represents a giant step toward righting past wrongs,” said Alice Thompson from the NAACP Detroit branch.
State laws designed to ensure the safety of children in schools went into effect in 2006.
The board’s resolution affirms that librarians have the professional expertise to select age-appropriate learning materials for students.
Teachers union leaders say that the provision, which applies to recent hires in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, is a ‘deterrent’ for current and prospective employees.
Many Michigan schools are trying different methods to recruit and retain teachers, including increasing compensation and providing development opportunities.
Teach for America Detroit has been expanding its model to include retention and development for several years.
The scholarship program was announced during a college decision day event in Battle Creek.
The proposal would provide increased funding for at-risk students and fund free school meals for all public-school students.
The school aid budgets from both chambers would invest more heavily in helping students get back on track academically and mentally.
Providers said Michigan’s economy can’t recover from the pandemic if the state’s system for providing care for children while their parents are at work isn’t healthy.
Michigan legislators hear testimony on the cost of turnover and instability in the classroom
In the Detroit Public Schools Community District, officials are directing more than half of their COVID funds to fix buildings that are in disrepair.
Some Democratic backers of the repeal say the provision in the 2016 literacy law has been a threat hanging over the heads of struggling students.
The state board of education responded Tuesday to a new conservative group’s concerns over ‘hyper-sexualization’ in schools
Investments are welcome news for a city working to recover from generations of disinvestment.
It’s Whitmer’s fifth state budget but the first she presented to a Legislature controlled by her own party.
Early childhood advocates have said Michigan must address teacher shortages if the state’s preschool program is expanded to all 4-year-olds.
Plan to be released on Wednesday will stress tutoring, literacy, and preschool.
Labor leaders say they want to be prepared if Supreme Court changes its mind about dues requirements for public employees.
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