Bruce Walker

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Sturgis Schools discrimination suit

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard testimony related to Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools. At issue is whether the immigrant…

Mom to appeal ruling after denied access to class materials

(The Center Square) – Carol Beth Litkouhi isn’t done. Unhappy with the board of the Rochester Community Schools in Michigan, she won election to a…

Michigan taxpayers on the hook after governor signs $575M bill aimed at teacher shortage

(The Center Square) – Michigan taxpayers are on the hook for another $575 million after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new programs on Tuesday aimed at…

Michigan third-graders held back double year-over-year

(The Center Square) – Only one out of 10 third-grade students deemed eligible for grade retention were held back last year, according to research released…

Michigan charter school advocates prepare for anticipated Democratic cuts

(The Center Square) – Election of Democratic majorities in the Michigan House and Senate is a warning shot for the state’s public charter schools. The…

Michigan’s underperforming public schools require state-mandated ‘comprehensive support’

(The Center Square) – Fifty-four Michigan school districts and 112 schools will receive required state partnership intervention, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Michigan Department of…

Michigan ranks poorly in public school open-enrollment study

(The Center Square) – Michigan has some catching up to do with other states when it comes to providing open enrollment opportunities for the state’s…

Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s pandemic school-closure claim heavily scrutinized

(The Center Square) – The negative repercussions of the Michigan school closures include national test scores so low as to prompt state leaders to distance themselves from…

Michigan governor candidates Whitmer, Dixon spar over education, abortion, and more in debate

(The Center Square) – Education, abortion, energy and infrastructure were debated by Michigan gubernatorial candidates Tuesday night in the second of two debates with only…

Michigan governor, Health Department mum on $50M request, abortion

(The Center Square) – A request for $50 million in Michigan taxpayer funding of family planning services is as notable for what it does not…

Michigan mother sues school board over COVID-19 policy ‘retaliation’

(The Center Square) – After Sandra Hernden voiced her opinion to the Chippewa Valley School District school board, she says the district retaliated. Now she’s…

Dixon, conservative group campaign for parental rights in kids’ education

(The Center Square) – While state Democrats are touting massive bipartisan public education spending increases during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first term, some Republicans this campaign season are…

School choice initiative clears signature hurdle for November ballot in Michigan

(The Center Square) – Let MI Kids Learn filed more than 520,000 signatures with the Michigan Bureau of Elections to put an education choice initiative on this…

Michigan library faces closure after voters reject millage over LGBTQ literature

(The Center Square) – Patmos Library in Michigan’s Jamestown Township may face closure next year after voters rejected a millage renewal on Tuesday in protest…

Michigan governor set to veto abortion-alternatives in 2023 state budget

(The Center Square) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signaled her intention to exercise a line-item veto of more than $21 million in Republican-proposed abortion…

Michigan Democratic governor creates a ‘Parents’ Council’ which critics call ‘poll tested stunt’

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday to establish the Michigan Parents’ Council. The council’s responsibility is to meet with…

Education spending claims major percentage of Michigan’s 2023 budget

(The Center Square) – The fiscal year 2023 budget agreed upon by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-majority Legislature boasts some of the largest increases…

Experts say new SCOTUS ruling may reverberate in Michigan education system

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Carson v. Makin ruling, announced Tuesday, may crack the door open more widely for Michigan families seeking tuition…

Michigan education department issues resolution against school choice ballot initiative

(The Center Square) – A proposed ballot initiative to allow tax credits for families seeking to send their children to private schools in Michigan sparked…

Policy analysts: Claims of impending Michigan teacher shortage overstated

(The Center Square) – Amid calls from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to remedy a perceived teacher shortage in Michigan, some of the leading policy analysts in…

Michigan parents demand resignation of school board and administrators

(The Center Square) – A group of parents in Rochester, Mich., are demanding a dramatic change in school leadership. Parents expressed their anger at Rochester…

Rochester parent sues school district for thwarting FOIA requests

(The Center Square) – Rochester Community School District in Michigan has received an “incomplete” grade for its response to a Freedom of Information Act request…

Parental rights bills sail through Wisconsin Senate, face headwinds on governor’s desk

(The Center Square) – Protection of parental rights and other education reforms are the focus of several bills passed by the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday.…