Parents spar over masks at Utica Community Schools
Utica Community Schools is the largest school district in Macomb County and it is opting to start mask optional for fall semester. Superintendent Robert Monroe said it depends on parents and the choices they and their students make as to whether that can continue.
Wayne County Health Department issues COVID-19 public health advisory as fall semester approaches
The Wayne County Health Department has issued a new Public Health Advisory to all K-12 schools, public and private. According to the county, the move was made to help protect students and staff from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The advisory is not a mandate, but makes strong recommendations on COVID-19 health protections school districts can follow.
Metro Detroit school leaders urge residents to cancel holiday plans so in-person learning can resume
DETROIT – School officials said it’s simple -- cancelling in-person holiday gatherings greatly raises the odds of in-person learning in January. Multiple school districts across Metro Detroit returned elementary school to face-to-face education so that they can squeeze in a little in-person learning before winter break. Parents and teachers are split on the decision as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. READ: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsThe key to returning students to school safely rest with all of us, whether we have children or not. The leads to frustration for administrators and decision makers who are following the science.
School districts grapple with decline in enrollment amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – An average of 3.6 percent of students who were enrolled in school this time last year are nowhere to be found and school districts are trying to find out what happened. Administrators are grappling with the decline in enrollment in terms of possible post education and financially -- if the students aren’t found, school districts will lose funding at a time when they need it most. Detroit Public Schools Community District sent out volunteers to locate students, and the district is still missing as many as 5 percent of its students. READ: Wellness teams sent out to check on Detroit Public Schools Community District studentsThe districts are concerned. That means if the districts don’t find and return the students they could face a reduction in per-pupil funding.
Farmington Public Schools superintendent, 2 board members resign alleging harassment and ‘dysfunctional behavior’
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools as well as two members of the district’s Board of Education have resigned, citing allegations of harassment and “dysfunctional behavior.”According to a press release from the district, superintendent Bob Herrera’s resignation was announced in a board meeting Monday. The resignation comes after Herrera filed a complaint against board member Angie Smith for harassment. “Farmington Public Schools will continue to serve the students and families well in our community; the District has a strong leadership team that will continue to move the District forward.”The board voted to pass a resolution censuring Smith. At the end of the meeting, board member Pamela Green announced her resignation from her position as board president and board trustee, effective Nov. 20. Board vice president Terry Johnson also announced his resignation -- effective Nov. 21 -- with approximately 45 days left of his term.
Report ranks 25 best school districts in Michigan
The 2021 Best Schools list has been released -- and we’re taking a look at where Michigan districts fall on the list. Niche released their annual school rankings list this week, breaking down the best schools at every level and by every state. Here’s how they develop the rankings:“The 2021 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.” (Read more here on calculations)So where did Michigan school districts rank in the state? 25 best school districts in MichiganNovi Community School District Northville Public Schools Troy School District Okemos Public Schools Bloomfield Hills Schools Birmingham Public Schools Oakland Schools Grosse Pointe Public Schools Saline Area Schools Ann Arbor Public Schools St. Joseph Public Schools Forest Hills Public Schools (Grand Rapids) East Grand Rapids Public Schools Rochester Community School District North Muskegon Public Schools Chelsea School District Portage Public Schools Van Buren Independent School District West Bloomfield School District Spring Lake Public Schools East Lansing School District Lake Orion Community Schools West Ottawa Public Schools Hudsonville Public School District Berkley School DistrictYou can check out the full list here.
Threats to cut federal aids draws criticism from Michigan educators
DETROIT School teachers are speaking out against the White Houses push for schools to be fully opened in the fall. There is a growing ground swell of teachers who said they feel bullied into going back into the classroom. As weve reported, almost a third of teachers and parents dont feel safe returning to the classroom under any circumstances that dont include a proven vaccine against COVID-19, reliable antibody testing and mass testing. But eight percent of Michigans teachers surveyed said theyll quit or retire rather than be forced back into the classroom if they dont feel its safe. President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are threatening to withhold funds to any school district that does not deem it safe to reopen fully.
Michigan schools facing likely substitute teacher shortage when they reopen
DETROIT School districts in Michigan are facing a likely substitute teacher shortage as some full-time teachers might not want to return to the classroom when schools reopen. Many full-time teachers might not feel comfortable with in-class sessions, which leads to another concern: a shortage of substitute teachers. School officials said they dont even know what resources theyll have to try to attract substitute teachers and fill those holes. Gutman is also the vice president of the Tri-County Alliance, which represents thousands of schools and tens of thousands of students. School districts are working to put together plans for what comes next.