Michigan education policy

After hearing from victims’ parents, the board called on lawmakers to beef up emergency operation plans, and for more funding for student mental health measures.

Advocates say proposed changes to Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program would ‘turn back the dial’ on progress.

Some districts had lower per-pupil funding at high-needs schools despite an increase in at-risk funding, according to the analysis.

The bills would make districts screen all students for dyslexia and reading difficulties. Schools would also have to use the ‘science of reading’ to intervene in literacy instruction for those students.

Superintendent says tough decisions made last year have put the district on solid financial ground.

The state superintendent said cuts to staff won’t be prevalent in all districts. But educators say the “fiscal cliff” existed in the state well before federal COVID relief funds.

The national effort will also support young people who want to enter the behavioral health workforce with stipends and experience.

Nearly half attend schools with high concentrations of poverty, while funding disparities undermine recovery from learning loss.

A survey of Michigan residents found wide support for higher salaries for beginning teachers.

Students, parents, educators, and advocates have big asks for the 2024-25 School Aid Budget. They worry the state won’t be able to fund them.

Kelley Cusmano was selected as the state’s top outstanding teacher after a months-long process that began with 700 nominations.

Amid a literacy crisis in Michigan, these educators want nearly every public school in the state to have a library and a certified librarian.

The sponsor of the bill says it would create a culture of expectation that formal education must begin early.

The board on Tuesday signaled to lawmakers that they want new laws to reform the state’s charter school system.

Nikki Snyder, the board member who introduced the measures, stormed out of the meeting in frustration after her colleagues rejected them.

One-time federal dollars are set to run out and a state surplus is projected to decline. Michigan public school districts will have to make difficult decisions.

Home-schooling advocates in Michigan say requiring registration would be the first step toward government interference.

The legislation was inspired by the “heartbreaking” stories of Michigan foster youth.

On Wednesday, groups that support students considered to be at-risk asked legislators to continue to increase funding for programs that benefit children with high needs.