Michigan superintendent: Don’t...

Jul 30, 2020 by

Michigan Superintendent Michael Rice on Tuesday proposed a one-year freeze in state enrollment counts to ensure districts do not use...

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Michigan’s universities ...

Jun 26, 2020 by

Daniel Hurley – George Floyd’s killing is a tragedy. It is a vivid reminder of similar senseless deaths and immense human...

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No band, buses or sports? Budg...

Jun 5, 2020 by

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise crippling budget cuts caused by coronavirus...

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Don’t gut the third-grade read...

Nov 25, 2019 by

Mike Jandernoa – The third-grade reading law is finally being implemented after a three-year phase-in.  It would be unjust...

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New Michigan school superinten...

Aug 15, 2019 by

Benton Harbor High School gained a high-ranking ally Thursday, when state superintendent Michael Rice said the school should not be...

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School equity proposal exacerb...

Aug 6, 2019 by

Sue Kelly – Public education has much to celebrate but has many challenges ahead. The recent research and resulting dialogue...

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Advice for the new state super...

Jun 18, 2019 by

BY TOM WATKINS – Let’s congratulate and welcome the new state superintendent, Michael Rice. I know he is up to the challenge of...

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Anguish in Benton Harbor as ye...

Jun 6, 2019 by

Tamia Clay, a senior at Benton Harbor High School, calls Benton Harbor “a broken city with broken children.” (Bridge photo by Ron...

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With schools flailing, Michiga...

May 7, 2019 by

Ron French – It’s been 28 years since Michigan hired a state superintendent who was a professional educator in another state, a...

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Michigan teachers: Standardize...

Mar 23, 2019 by

Ron French – Michigan’s standardized tests don’t accurately measure student learning, schools aren’t ready for third graders...

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I am the Michigan teacher remo...

Mar 12, 2019 by

In the past two weeks, Birmingham Public Schools has been embroiled in controversy around the teaching of African-American history...

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Michigan’s A-to-F school ratin...

Jan 3, 2019 by

The Michigan Department of Education’s challenge to the A-to-F school law means a likely delay to the new accountability system in a...

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Once embarrassed by its gradua...

Nov 15, 2018 by

Ron French – This is a story celebrating the public university with the lowest graduation rate in the state of Michigan. Stick...

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Lead levels drop in Michigan k...

Nov 6, 2018 by

The percentage of Michigan youths with elevated lead levels declined last year in much of the state. Some experts attribute the...

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Michigan’s next governor must ...

Oct 8, 2018 by

Tom Watkins – In January 2019, Michigan will have a new governor. The point of this column is not to praise or condemn Gov....

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Michigan is in the midst of a ...

Jul 31, 2018 by

Tamara Bashore-Berg – It has been well documented that Michigan’s students have a literacy problem. Bridge magazine has written...

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Will China’s rise come at our ...

Jul 22, 2018 by

Tom Watkins – I have just spent three weeks in China and, as always, it is an eye-opening global adventure. Since my first trip...

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Groups join hands to fix Michi...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Ron French – LANSING – They stood in a row for a photo, but quickly realized the line was too long. They made two lines, they...

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Preschool works wonders for Fl...

Jun 6, 2018 by

Chastity Pratt Dawsey – Connor Frost and his sister, Gabriella Looney, drank baby formula tainted with lead and bathed in...

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Michigan reform bills will hur...

Jun 1, 2018 by

Mitchell Robinson – The Michigan House of Representatives is poised to pass a package of bills targeting teacher education...

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