After supporting cuts, Michigan governor shifts tone on police funding, school resource officers

(The Center Square) – There’s been a shift in tone from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on policing issues, most notably on the funding of the state’s police and adding school… Read More

June 27, 2023
Michigan House OKs bills affecting teacher pay, union dues

(The Center Square) – The Michigan House approved six bills to boost union membership that critics say would prioritize union politics before the quality of education. Read More

June 22, 2023
Michigan State professor sued for forcing Christian students to fund abortions

Two Michigan State students are suing a former professor for allegedly forcing them to fund abortions, violating their First Amendment rights. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against… Read More

May 25, 2023
Public Education
Michigan school district bans backpacks after 3rd grader brings loaded handgun to school

Another school district in Michigan is instituting a no-backpack policy after school officials confiscated a loaded handgun from an elementary school student on Wednesday. Grand Rapids Public Schools… Read More

May 15, 2023
Public Education
Michigan teachers’ effectiveness ratings flourish while student performance stumbles

(The Center Square) – In Michigan, local school district evaluations stated that there were only 165 teachers out of the 115,910 evaluated in 2021-22 that were found to be “inefficient.”… Read More

May 12, 2023
Public Education
Legislation scrapping A-F grades heads to Michigan governor

(The Center Square) – The Michigan Senate has joined lower chamber colleagues and voted to scrap the A-F grading system used to evaluate public schools. Lawmakers approved House Bill 4116… Read More

May 5, 2023
Public Education
Detroit school with students at 5% proficiency has ‘highly effective’ teachers, according to performance ratings

(The Center Square) – Just 5% of Michigan students are rated “proficient” in a district with 99% of teachers rated “highly effective” or “effective.” The classification of students for Detroit… Read More

May 2, 2023
Culture, Public Education
Michigan spent $6.2M on COVID advertising to target students

(The Center Square) – Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services spent $6.2 million on COVID advertising, which targeted K-12 students between October 2022 and July 2023. The campaign budgeted… Read More

April 25, 2023
Public Education
Michigan school district sued for viewpoint discrimination

(The Center Square) – Two Michigan students sued their school district for viewpoint discrimination after they were banned from wearing apparel implicitly critical of President Joe Biden. In February 2022, two Tri… Read More

April 25, 2023
Advocates protest Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s $30M budget cuts for online charter schools

(The Center Square) – More than 21,000 Michigan online charter public school students face about a $30 million funding cut under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2024 proposed budget. Each online charter… Read More

April 21, 2023
Courts, Public Education
Michigan public school contractor pleads guilty to $561K bribe scheme

(The Center Square) – A Michigan school contractor pleaded guilty to giving a $561,000 bribe to a former school board president in return for $3.1 million of projects for his… Read More

April 17, 2023
DeSantis touts Florida ‘freedom’ at Hillsdale College

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Michigan on Thursday, claiming his state’s “freedom” is the antithesis of Michigan. Headlining the stage at Hillsdale College’s Searle Center, DeSantis… Read More

April 10, 2023
Public Education
Public school districts from Denver to Loudoun County are failing their special education students

A Colorado investigation recently found that Denver Public Schools violated federal requirements for special education, failing over 1,000 disabled students in the process. A complaint filed with the… Read More

April 3, 2023
Public Education
Universal free school lunches sound great. In reality, they’re redundant and wasteful

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new law Monday ensuring all K-12 students will have free meals at school, but policy experts are skeptical… Read More

March 30, 2023
Public Education
Michigan school district to ask voters for $243 million bond

(The Center Square) – Saginaw Township residents might see up to a $460 annual increase in tax bills if voters approve a tax hike to repair school buildings. The Saginaw… Read More

March 29, 2023
Public Education
Michigan House votes to repeal right-to-work, reinstate prevailing wage, end A-F grading system

(The Center Square) – The Michigan House on Tuesday voted to repeal right-to-work, reinstate the prevailing wage, and trash the state’s A-F grading system for public schools. The Democrat-dominated House… Read More

March 22, 2023
Supreme Court rules for deaf student in education-law case

(SCOTUSblog) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a deaf student’s lawsuit against a Michigan school district that failed to provide him with a qualified sign-language interpreter. In a unanimous… Read More

March 22, 2023
Theis, other Michigan lawmakers oppose online charter school budget cuts

(The Center Square) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 20% cut for online public charter schools has prompted pushback from the school administrators and another member of a growing list of… Read More

March 21, 2023
A Michigan university is planning segregated graduation celebrations

(Daily Caller) – A public university in Michigan promoted several graduation celebrations that are organized based on students’ race, according to the university website. Grand Valley State University (GVSU) will… Read More

March 21, 2023
Public Education
Bill aims to trash Michigan’s A-F school grading system

(The Center Square) – After Michigan shuttered in-person learning at schools statewide during the pandemic, student learning suffered. Three years after the pandemic shutdowns began, critics say a new bill… Read More

March 16, 2023