Category: Education

A second-grade student works behind a protection shield at a socially distanced desk at Wesley Elementary School.

Michigan education group presents priorities for $3.7 billion in federal funds via the American Rescue Plan

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic that has now killed over 1 million Americans, the federal government has allocated billions of dollars in funding for schools. Known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), the funds were distributed in three separate tranches: ESSER I – On March 27, 2020, Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of […]

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One local school board candidate – Hana Mitsusada-Boylan – proves who REALLY supports students & teachers

One local school board candidate – Hana Mitsusada-Boylan – proves who REALLY supports students & teachers

In a year when local school board races have turned into referendums on Donald Trump’s ultra-MAGA agenda, there’s one candidate for a local school board who is putting students and teachers above her own campaign. Hana Mitsusada-Boylan is running for the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education in the Downriver area of Michigan, just south of Detroit. In the middle […]

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Let’s talk about “parental rights”…

Let’s talk about “parental rights”…

Cultural conservatives are trying to make the 2022 midterm elections about education in general, and the (phantom) issue of “parental rights” specifically. As someone who has been involved in education at various levels for the past 40+ years, I’ve not seen any evidence of a widespread lack of parents’ abilities to guide and influence their children’s schooling. To be sure, […]

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Moms for Liberty is coming for your books…and much more

Moms for Liberty is coming for your books…and much more

Moms for Liberty (M4L), an astro-turf group that is probably not actually many moms and definitely not about liberty, has moved on. While they didn’t seem too afraid of a deadly virus that killed almost 6.5 million people around the globe—as evidenced by their increasingly dramatic and dangerous anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests at school board meetings across the country—they are […]

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Mitchell Robinson is the PERFECT choice for the Michigan State Board of Education

Mitchell Robinson is the PERFECT choice for the Michigan State Board of Education

As Democrats gather this weekend for the Michigan Democratic Party’s statewide endorsement convention, there are two Democrats seeking the endorsement for two seats on the State Board of Education. Incumbent Pam Pugh is one of them and continues to be a progressive voice on the issues that impact schools and education in our state. In addition to Ms. Pugh, there’s […]

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Now they’ve pissed off the librarians! – wsg Joyce McIntosh, Freedom to Read advocate

Now they’ve pissed off the librarians! – wsg Joyce McIntosh, Freedom to Read advocate

Joyce McIntosh on Twitter: @jmclibrarian Freedom to Read Foundation: FTRF.org The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom: ALA.org/OIF Information on reporting censorship of books, etc. to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom is HERE. Hannah Natanson at The Washington Post: Schools nationwide are quietly removing books from their libraries Alison R. Donahue at Michigan Advance: Book challenges […]

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Educating kids in a time of Covid and rampant school shootings – wsg Randi Weingarten & Tim Ossman, Jr.

Educating kids in a time of Covid and rampant school shootings – wsg Randi Weingarten & Tim Ossman, Jr.

Tim Ossman, Jr. on Instagram: @black_man_beyond Tim Ossman, Jr.’s bio can be found HERE. Randi Weingarten on Twitter: @RWeingarten Randi Weingarten’s bio can be found HERE. Learn more about AFT’s Reading Opens the World initiative HERE. Read more about AFT’s many other initiatives HERE. Chris Savage can be found on Twitter at @Eclectablog. MoReno Taylor II can be found on […]

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Educating students in the absence of vaccine-defiance and ignorance – wsg Krystle DuPree

Educating students in the absence of vaccine-defiance and ignorance – wsg Krystle DuPree

Krystle DuPree can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrusteeDuPree. Krystle DuPree at Eclectablog: Pervasive and Perverse Poverty Porn Krystle DuPree at Eclectablog: Childcare is critical infrastructure and for families of color, it’s even MORE critical COVID-19 in Michigan: COVID-19 in Washtenaw County, Michigan: Information about the Ann Arbor Public School system can be found HERE. Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin […]

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Virginia was not about education…but Democrats need to be

Virginia was not about education…but Democrats need to be

So, about Virginia… The election in Virginia was not about “education”–it was about racism, and white supremacy. Maybe if establishment Democrats hadn’t tacked hard right on education, starting with Bill Clinton and reaching a crescendo with Barack Obama and Arne Duncan, we wouldn’t have given up the “high road” on public education. There’s been a lot of discussion about the […]

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An elementary student waits for her bus to leave school after dismissal.

The American Rescue Plan is a chance for a new beginning in education and teaching children, especially those with special needs

The following essay was written by Trina Tocco. She is a resident of Royal Oak and has two amazing children who attend Ferndale Public Schools. When the pandemic hit, I had to make a choice – either one of my children wouldn’t be able to participate in virtual school because of mental illness or I would have to put my […]

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A crowded class at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Public Universities are Under Attack from the Right; It’s Time to Support our State Higher Education System

I hear lots of folks talking about “our failing public education system” these days, and as a student of education there aren’t many conservative “talking points” that bother me more than this one. While much of this rhetoric lately has focused on the K-12 school reopening “debate”, the pandemic has also cast a bright light on the problems facing higher […]

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