White Flint councilwoman apologizes after remark toward Black colleague
FLINT, MI -- A white Flint city councilwoman who called her Black colleague’s actions “ghetto” says she is “very sorry for my choice of words.”9th Ward Councilwoman Eva Worthing made the comment off her microphone during a committee meeting on Wednesday, May 4. “I felt threatened” by “unprofessional and unsophisticated” comments made by 5th Ward Councilwoman Jerri Winfrey-Carter, who is Black. Several members of the council called Worthing’s remark unprofessional and offensive after 6th Ward Councilwoman Tonya Burns heard the comment and repeated it. The 5th Ward councilwoman was leading a committee meeting of the council on Wednesday when Worthing made the comment and was given a warning for her remark. “There is so much negativity, racism and spitefulness in the current council,” Worthing said at the time.mlive.com
Michigan teacher arrested for allegedly making threats against her own school
ST CLAIR SHORES, MI -- A teacher who works at Jefferson Middle School has been arrested and charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism. According to the Associated Press, Johnna Rhone -- a 59-year-old creative arts teacher -- is accused of making at least three threats against the school in the last week. At least three handwritten notes were discovered in the school, each involving threatening language. Macomb County prosecutor Pete Lucido said one of the notes read: “Start break early. Just don’t be in the hall after lunch.mlive.com
My own pupils targeted me in the TikTok paedophile craze – now I can't go back to our school
Teachers have always had to expect a certain amount of stick from their pupils. It’s part of the job; normally we don’t grumble too much about it. Over my 14 years in the profession I’ve worked across nine secondary schools, teaching history in Wales, Blackpool, and Liverpool.news.yahoo.com
Ask Amy: Preacher’s kid wants a break from church work
Dear Amy: My father is a pastor of a small church. I’m in my 40s and I’ve played a major role in our church all these years. Sometimes I want to just be a member and not play such a large role in the church. – Faithful Preacher’s KidDear Faithful: I’ve shared your question with my friend Christian Coon, a United Methodist pastor, co-founder of Urban Village Church in Chicago, and host of the podcast “Failing Boldly.”Christian answers: “Pastors love dedicated volunteers! You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Ask Amy: Retired teacher wants to find student who left important items in her classroom years ago
Dear Amy: I am a recently retired teacher in the Central NY area, and I’m in a bit of a quandary. Several years ago, a student brought in a rare collection of objects belonging to his grandfather. – Teacher in a QuandaryDear Teacher: You should make more of an effort to find the rightful owner of these heirlooms before you decide on next steps. I suggest using social media to try to find the child who originally left these items with you. You can email Amy Dickinson at email@example.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Quiz: If you were a teacher, what subject would you teach?
It’s that time of year again where students of all ages go back to school in the fall. So, have you every wondered what school subject you would teach if you were a teacher? Everyone had a favorite subject in school, but your personality also comes into play on whether that subject would be right for you.
Ask Amy: Unvaccinated relatives complicate plans to celebrate new baby
Dear Amy: My husband and I are expecting our first baby soon. We want to introduce the baby to extended family members at a family party we plan to host later this summer. Should we invite these relatives, but only on the condition that they get vaccinated before the party?Should we require proof? I am struggling with being tactful toward others, while honoring my primary responsibility of protecting my baby. You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Ask Amy: Siblings use sister’s allegiance as a weapon in their private war
I love them both and I don’t know who to believe. I don’t know what to do. Start with this: Do not believe either sibling’s account of the other sibling’s behavior. I don’t know what to say to this couple. You can email Amy Dickinson at email@example.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Scholarship fund dedicated to Dearborn teacher killed in vehicle crash
DEARBORN, Mich. – Kate Black was only 25 years old when she died in a car crash last week. She was working at her dream job, teaching kindergartners at Lindbergh Elementary School in Dearborn. She came from a family of educators who can think of no better way to memorialize their beloved daughter than to establish a scholarship fund in her name. Family friend Amanda Obrycki Brithinee started a GoFundMe account for the scholarship, and after Black’s parents made a sizable donation, the fund started to take off. “You don’t expect to see all of the dollar amounts, you don’t expect see so many shares and so many donors and just people being selfless,” Orbycki Brithinee said.
Legendary former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has died. ‘She was a fighter and a treasure for this city.’
“I think this is a time for us to have incredible reverence for Karen, who was really brilliant, smart, everything I’ve heard about her, and her name has come up quite a bit in the last couple weeks about how she handled things and just was able to really be a fierce advocate for teachers but also had a great love of this city,” Lightfoot said. “I’m sure as people gather, her life will be present and on their minds, but I can’t speculate about whether that will have an effect on the ultimate vote.”chicagotribune.com
Minnesota teacher never misses class, even from her hospital room
Minnesota teacher never misses class, even from her hospital room Kelly Klein, a kindergarten teacher in Minnesota, is tackling virtual learning while battling ovarian cancer. She's showing up to her virtual classroom, even while undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital. Chip Reid shares her story.cbsnews.com
Ask Amy: Readers share wisdom to kick off the new year
Dear Amy: Your literacy campaign to put “A Book on Every Bed” really touched my heart. The children would immediately quiet down and sit in their seats because they didn’t want to miss a word. Dear Amy: Here’s a suggestion for children who feel their parents prefer one of their siblings over them. Dear Amy: A reader complained about being left to clean up alone after Thanksgiving. You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Community unites to help beloved Detroit teacher battling brain tumor
DETROIT – When the pandemic first hit in March and students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students were sent home, third grade master math teacher Voncile Campbell didn’t want her students feeling isolated. She has been battling a brain tumor, called an atypical meningioma. READ: Detroit teacher goes viral with nightly bedtime stories videos“My vision started fading on me again and I knew something was wrong,” Campbell said. It’s a change to the contract between the district and Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT). Fellow teachers started up a GoFundMe to help her financially through the gap.
Michigan bills aim to crack code on dyslexia
According to Janssens, her reading struggles emerged in kindergarten, as she felt the words "didn't click" in her brain. "Lots of my friends were in higher reading groups and I was in a lower one," she recalled. "In the early elementary years, it's especially critical that children learn how to crack the code," said Irwin. She sees these measures as useful, along with existing reading assessments, to help address the state's overall literacy problem. "This legislation really focuses on the assessments that are taking place, the quality of the assessments," Schmidt observed.metrotimes.com
Detroit public schools, teachers union agree to 1-year contract
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) Local 231 announced Tuesday they have reached agreement on a one-year successor contract for the 2020-21 academic year. DFT members ratified the agreement on Oct. 5, according to the district. This shall be the only step movement for these unit members during the 2020-2021 school year. All other DFT unit members not on the teacher salary schedule shall receive a base wage increase of 2.74% as of the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Aug. 28, 2020: DPSCD and Detroit Federation of Teachers reach deal to reopen schools
School report: ‘I feel like my family has been ruined’
These are responses to our callout for sharing experiences with virtual learning at home, from parents, students and teachers. “For teachers with school aged children, it’s a nightmare. I feel like my family has been ruined. Teachers do not know how to work the programs, kids can’t focus on a screen with 30 other kids. 8:15 to 2:30 is entirely too long for this.”-- EllenVirtual learning is now well underway in many Michigan school districts.
Farmington Public Schools investigate social media posts about teacher from former students outside district
FARMINGTON, Mich. A teacher with the Farmington Public Schools district has been placed on paid administrative leave as the district investigates social media posts that were made about the teacher by former students of another school district. A statement sent to Local 4 News from Farmington school district officials did not specify what was said in the posts, but said they became aware of the posts on Aug. 21. District officials said while the posts and its allegations were not made by Farmington Public Schools students, the district has initiated an internal investigation to thoroughly review the allegations to ensure the safety and security of our students, which remains our top priority.The teacher will remain on leave pending the internal investigation. The district said the issue was also referred to law enforcement. The district said virtual instruction will last for all K-12 students until at least Oct. 30.
Detroit teacher finds unique way to connect with students amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT In a world where words matter, it has taken one math teacher with a heart of gold to show everyone the cloud has a silver lining. The teacher is telling bedtime stories over social media for students who miss the classroom. She said she was worried about her students and losing touch with them. Lots of school districts have asked her if she would quit her day job and join their school district. READ: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicWatch the video above for the full report
Detroit robotics teacher takes charge to keep protest calm
DETROIT Stephanie Broddie is a teacher, a life long Detroiter and someone who cares deeply about her community. She barely stands five feet tall, but she managed to keep a protest peaceful with just her presence. My uncle used to work at that precinct, so all I can think is Are you guys serious? Broddie isnt used to being in the spotlight, but she regularly gives back to the community. She teaches robotics and other STEM based programs to children in Detroit.
Many Metro Detroit teachers file for retirement amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT While its a time of reflection for K-12 parents about whether to send their children to school -- its also a time for teachers to make decisions. The question is: How many teachers will be willing to teach in-person classes? READ: All DPSCD summer school students to be tested by MondayThe Tri-County Alliance is an organization that represents thousands of school districts, teachers and students and said there is real concern. Read: More education reportsGiven the sheer number of retirement applications filed just this summer that go above and beyond the usual longevity retirements, it appears many teachers are already making the decision to opt out of teaching at all. Watch the video above for the full report
Do you know a frontline worker we should feature?
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Do you know a teacher, delivery driver, grocery employee, first responder, healthcare worker, who has gone above and beyond during the pandemic? Tell us about what theyve done! Were looking for fabulous stories of exceptional people who exemplify the Spirit of Detroit through their creativity, dedication and selflessness.
Oak Parks Owen Bondono named 2020-21 Michigan Teacher of the Year
Oak Park School District teacher Owen Bondono has been named the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The Michigan Department of Education said Friday Bondono learned he was named Teacher of the Year during a virtual conference call meeting with all Regional Teachers of the Year. Bondono will be entering his sixth year of teaching English language arts in the fall at Oak Park High School 9th Grade Learning Community. State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said the Michigan Teacher of the Year program is more than finding the best teacher, as that would be an impossible task. The Michigan Teacher of the Year is an important advocate and ally for teachers and students, Dr. Rice said.
Michigans teacher of the year on schools reopening, student safety
Oak Park School District teacher Owen Bondono has been named the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The Michigan Department of Education said Friday Bondono learned he was named Teacher of the Year during a virtual conference call meeting with all Regional Teachers of the Year. He said its a challenge to keep his students motivated and engaged during the pandemic. RELATED: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicI have been trying to give them tools and resources on how you move through a time like this in life, Bondono said. Bondono said he misses the one-on-one interaction, the jokes and other moments you can only get in a classroom, but not if that means sacrificing his students safety.
Detroit teacher raps about Black Lives Matter, inequality
DETROIT Its the newest song from Detroit rapper and teacher Steven Banks. He named the song Black Lives in honor of George Floyd and black men and women everywhere, It just seems, like the title was fitting, from one of the lines in the song and whats going on right now, said Banks. 34-year old Steven Banks is not just a rappers, but a local history teacher. He said the Black Lives Matter movement is a beautiful thing and he wanted to express that in a creative way, Musically, I wanted to use that voice as I had the opportunity. But he said as a black man and teacher, he wants to show his students that being black is powerful and their lives matter, I think of me as a black man.
Northville teacher arrested while facing 'serious allegations'
Northville teacher arrested while facing 'serious allegations'Published: January 28, 2020, 6:25 amFamilies of students that attend Northville schools were notified Monday morning. The superintendent said one of the male high school teachers has been arrested and is under administrative leave upon further review.
Northville Public Schools teacher arrested, faces ‘serious allegations’
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – A Northville Public Schools teacher is in custody and could be facing serious criminal charges. Families of students that attend Northville schools were notified Monday morning. The superintendent said one of the male Northville High School teachers has been arrested and is under administrative leave upon further review. Upon learning of these serious allegations, the teacher was placed on administrative leave, pending our review of the situation and completion of the criminal process. Sincerely,Mary Kay Gallagher, SuperintendentTony Koski, Principal, Northville High School
North Carolina teacher wins Grammy Music Educator Award
The Music Educator Award is given each year by the Recording Academy and The Grammy Foundation. This year, Phillip Riggs from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is taking the top honors. Mark Strassmann reports on the story you'll see only on "CBS This Morning."cbsnews.com
Teacher among 10 arrested in California jailbreak
A teacher is accused of helping Jonathan Tieu, Bac Duong and Hossein Nayeri break out of a southern California jail. She is among 10 people under arrest. The woman got to know one of the escaped inmates as his English tutor inside the jail. The three escapees have been on the run for a week. Ben Tracy reports from outside the Orange County Central Men's Jail.cbsnews.com