Category: Covid

A classroom window at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

How Can We Reopen Schools If We Can’t Even Open Windows?

I’m seeing a lot of well-intentioned rhetoric lately about the importance of good ventilation in schools to mitigate the spread of Covid in school classrooms, with the best advice being to “just open a window,” and “use a simple box fan to circulate exhaled air.” The example shown was of a “real classroom” with an entire wall of windows, a […]

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In the Hunger Games for COVID-19 vaccines, White Republicans work to keep Black Michiganders on the losing side

In the Hunger Games for COVID-19 vaccines, White Republicans work to keep Black Michiganders on the losing side

In Washtenaw County where I live, the COVID-19 infection rate of Black residents is 13%, about the same as the percentage of Black residents int the county (12.3%). However, of the people who are hospitalized, 27% are Black and Black residents are 23% of those who die from virus. Worse yet, statewide, less than 5% of the people who have […]

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Parents & school administrators agree: Michigan Republicans are holding children hostage for political power

Parents & school administrators agree: Michigan Republicans are holding children hostage for political power

Nearly two months ago, the federal government made billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds available to the states. Michigan is in line for over $5 billion in relief funding, including $2.1 billion to re-open schools in our state. However, so far, none of that money has been allocated and, if its not used by the end of March, we […]

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The Vaccination Hunger Games – with special guest Michigan State Senator Jeff Irwin

The Vaccination Hunger Games – with special guest Michigan State Senator Jeff Irwin

Jeff Irwin on Twitter: @JeffMIrwin Jeff Irwin’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/SenatorIrwin Jeff Irwin’s website: IrwinForSenate.com The Oversight Committee is meeting again to call into question the results of the election. Instead of talking about fixing unemployment or how to open schools safely, we are here to advance Republican party politics with baseless and non-specific allegations of fraud. pic.twitter.com/1TB9lZyUU2 — Jeff Irwin […]

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I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

I’m a Teacher, and I’m Losing My Patience, Too

In spite of most of the US public being supportive of public education, our schools, and our children’s teachers, a small but vocal minority has been growing increasingly rambunctious about reopening schools. Recently, Dr. Ben Linas, a physician in Brookline, MA, added his apparently cranky voice to this debate, penning a piece for Vox titled, “I’m an epidemiologist and a […]

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Republicans willing to risk the lives and health of Michiganders to spit in the face of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Republicans willing to risk the lives and health of Michiganders to spit in the face of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Republicans have a long history of being on the wrong side of many of the issues the citizens of Michigan care most about. From education to privatizing essential government services like prisons and schools, they have invariably sided with the corporatists who stand to benefit most from shifting tax dollars to corporate bank accounts. I thought I had seen […]

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Stop Shaming Teachers into Reopening Schools

Stop Shaming Teachers into Reopening Schools

A friend of mine made a post on social media last night saying that she “wasn’t angry about people thinking schools should reopen,” and while I admire the measured tone and spirit of cooperation she displayed in her commentary, that sentiment left me feeling uneasy. Because I AM angry about people demanding schools reopen ASAP. I get the frustration, and the […]

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Michigan Republicans make it crystal clear: They are on TEAM COVID

Michigan Republicans make it crystal clear: They are on TEAM COVID

On May 6th, Michigan Republicans sued Governor Gretchen Whitmer to prevent her from taking action to protect Michigan residents from a rampaging coronavirus which causes the all-too frequently fatal COVID-19. By October, the Republican-led state supreme court agreed with them and ended her emergency powers just as another wave of COVID-19 infections was beginning to appear. Since then, Gov. Whitmer […]

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We Told You…

We Told You…

The inestimable Ron French is out this week with a terrific article in Bridge on the exploding Covid crisis in Michigan’s schools, and the situation is indeed dire. Readers across the state must be wondering how we got here. “Kids don’t catch the virus!”, they said. “And if they do catch it, they don’t get sick!”, they said. Even if […]

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Michigan Republicans shrug at surging COVID hospitalizations and go home until December

Michigan Republicans shrug at surging COVID hospitalizations and go home until December

The surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Michigan is creating tragically sad outcomes, particularly on the west side of the state. In Muskegon, where lame duck president Donald Trump held a giant campaign rally less than four weeks ago, the scene at Mercy Hospital is grim: Inside the walls of Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, employees who are “terrified” and untrained are […]

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Teaching in a Pandemic

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Teaching in a Pandemic

It’s been 8 months now that many of us have been teaching and learning virtually, and I thought it might be time for a little reflection on what has worked out better than we may have expected, what is still a disaster, and everything in between. So, without further ado, I present The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of […]

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