Stories tagged: "public schools"

Right-Wing Extremists Gear Up Against Michigan Schools Over Inclusive Sex Ed

A recently formed group in Michigan, Great Schools Initiative, is arming parents with a new sexual education opt-out form that focuses heavily on cutting out any conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. 

The latest budget signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the highest state per-student investment in Michigan history—including more than $500 million in school infrastructure and expanded mental health resources for children. (Courtesy/Gov. Gretchen Whitmer)
State of the State: Whitmer to Call for Free Pre-K for All 4-Year-Olds

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce a plan during her State of the State speech Wednesday to provide prekindergarten education for all 4-year-olds in Michigan in an attempt to help families with rising costs.

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State of the State: Whitmer Pushes for 1:1 Tutoring as Part of Education Plan

If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets her way, Michigan children could start getting one-on-one tutoring in reading before spring break.

Jayme McElvany speaks at the Milan school board meeting on Jan. 12. (Screenshot via Michigan Advance)
‘Burn in Hell’: GOP Extremists Lob Threats (and Read Porn) at Michigan School Board Meeting

Threats of rape and selections from a pornographic website were some of the features at a meeting last week of a school board in Southeast Michigan.

Ex-Teachers Control Every Education Committee in Michigan Legislature

Four legislative panels that control education policy and spending are newly under the leadership of former teachers, giving them unprecedented power in the Democratic-controlled Legislature over what Michigan children learn, how they are taught, and how schools are funded.

New Michigan School Board President Optimistic About Progress Under Democratic Legislature

Democrat Pamela Pugh, the new voice of the state school board, has vowed to work closely with the Michigan Department of Education to accomplish a long list of legislative priorities—including everything from gun control to free school lunches.

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Report: Michigan Lags Behind 47 States in School Counselors Amid Staffing Crisis

Across the country, counselors are facing a more challenging workload than ever before—and Michigan is facing the brunt of the crisis.