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.