Scott McClallen

Blame flies among Minnesota government agencies over $250 million fraud scheme

(The Center Square) – After taxpayers lost $250 million in what federal officials deemed “the largest pandemic fraud” in the nation, the government agencies involved are blaming…

DOJ charges 47 in $250M pandemic fraud scheme involving child nutrition program

(The Center Square) – The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 47 defendants for allegedly defrauding taxpayers of $250 million by exploiting a child…

Some Michigan schools keep mum on COVID relief spending

(The Center Square) – Theoretically, taxpayers should be able to see how Michigan schools are spending $5.7 billion of taxpayer money to recover from COVID-19-related learning loss.…

Michigan schools use one-time COVID relief for pay increases, increasing long-term taxpayer burden

(The Center Square) – Many Michigan schools are spending one-time federal COVID relief dollars on pay hikes that will increase the long-term taxpayer cost of…

Christian group sues AG Nessel over civil rights interpretation

(The Center Square) – A Christian health care group says that Michigan’s recently reinterpreted civil rights law relating to sexual orientation and gender identity violates…

How Saginaw Public Schools spent $27M of COVID relief money

(The Center Square) – As students statewide return to the classroom, Michigan school districts have spent some of nearly $6 billion allocated to help students…

Michigan library defunded over LGBTQ books hits $245,000 on GoFundMe

(The Center Square) – A GoFundMe fundraising site has garnered more than $245,000 in support of a Michigan library for about a year after voters…

Michigan’s K-12 education enrollment fell 25% between 2002 and 2020

(The Center Square) – Michigan’s K-12 education spending, per pupil and adjusted for inflation, increased by 10% between 2002 and 2020 because the state lost…

Lawsuit challenges Minneapolis Public Schools’ teachers union contract structuring layoffs by race

(The Center Square) – Minneapolis Public Schools is being sued after its teacher’s union contract made national news by prioritizing layoffs by race and not seniority. The…

Michigan schools, colleges have only spent 44% of federal COVID aid

(The Center Square) – More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Michigan K-12 schools and higher education institutions have only spent 44% of $7.92…

Report: Minneapolis teachers union contract structures layoffs by race

(The Center Square) – A Minneapolis Public Schools’ contract with a teachers union says that white teachers will be laid off or reassigned outside of…

How Niles Community Schools spent $4 million in COVID funds

(The Center Square) – Michigan’s more than 800 school districts received about $6 billion of federal taxpayer money to recover from COVID. However, some digging…

Michigan’s $77B budget lacks tax relief but bails out pensions, offers record funding for schools

(The Center Square) – The GOP-led Michigan Legislature approved a $77 billion budget for fiscal year 2023, striking a deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that left $7…

Whitmer signs bill to require Michigan high schoolers take personal finance class

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan bill requiring Michigan high schoolers to take a financial literacy class before graduating. “As a…

Gov. Whitmer to sign $14 million school safety bill

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign a bill Friday, which would distribute $14 million to all Michigan schools to fund…

Michigan lawmakers OK bill requiring high schoolers take personal finance class

(The Center Square) – The Michigan Legislature approved a bill that aims to require high schoolers take a personal finance course before graduation. The House…

Gov. Whitmer wants $280 million to recover learning loss in Michigan

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to spend $280 million of the state’s projected $3 billion surplus on learning loss recovery. The spending…

Detroit schools, teachers’ union clash over mask policy

(The Center Square) – About 53,406 kids attending Detroit Public Schools Community District still must wear a mask through the end of the regular school…

Study: Remote learning a ‘primary driver’ of widening achievement gaps

(The Center Square) – A new working paper analyzed testing data from 2.1 million students in 49 states plus D.C. and found that “remote instruction…

Michigan schools get $10 million in safety grants

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that 150 awards were given to 57 local school districts, 14 intermediate school districts, 40 nonpublic schools,…

CRT protest planned over Jackson County Public Schools

(The Center Square) – A group called “Save Our Schools” is hosting a news conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the Commonwealth…

Whitmer gives $1M to create 1,960 children’s savings accounts

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer awarded $1 million to two Children’s Savings Account (CSA) pilot programs, which will provide education money for 1,960…

CDC study: remote learning hurt kids’ mental health

(The Center Square) – When schools pivoted to remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the first casualty was kids’ mental health. A new study by the Centers…

Minneapolis students face longer days, stuck in school through June 24 after long union strike

(The Center Square) – More than 29,000 Minneapolis kids can return to school Tuesday after striking teachers have canceled school for the 15th day. Members…

29,000 Minneapolis kids without school for 10th day as teachers strike

(The Center Square) – First, COVID-19 disrupted classes in 2020, and now it’s teachers keeping kids out of class in 2022. More than 29,000 Minneapolis students…

Rochester Schools paid $188,750 to settle lawsuit over district’s dossier of critical parents

(The Center Square) – Rochester Community Schools (RCS) paid $188,750 to settle a lawsuit accusing the district of collecting a dossier of parents critical of…

Justice Page Middle schoolers get BLM protest advice

(The Center Square) — Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis gave protest advice in a school newsletter on Feb. 15 after police killed 22-year-old Amir…