New statewide poll shows less than half of voters say Michigan’s schools should reopen before October

EPIC-MRA poll echoes concerns of Michigan front-line educators in new MEA survey on safely reopening school buildings EAST LANSING — A new EPIC-MRA statewide poll shows less than half of likely Michigan voters say school buildings should reopen before October. Most of those participating in the poll were either unsure, think schools should open later…

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Survey of 15,000 Michigan educators shows health and safety concerns paramount in return to in-person learning

Educators also concerned about class size, standardized testing, teacher evaluations in reopening Michigan’s school buildings EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today released a major statewide survey of more than 15,000 educators with findings related to COVID-19’s impact on public education, including the health and safety concerns that are front of mind for educators…

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Tell lawmakers to say YES to fed education help

Last Friday’s virtual rally – viewed by thousands of people – reinforced the need for federal action to help schools prevent pandemic-driven budget cuts. Watch a new video with highlights from the rally, including supportive comments from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters – and be sure to contact your members of Congress to urge passage of the $175…

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Education community pushes for federal support for education amidst COVID-19

Educators, parents, students, community members participate in ‘virtual rally,’ urging Congress to make Michigan’s students top priority  LANSING — Thousands of Michigan educators, parents, students and community members today called for federal relief for education amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic during a Facebook Live “virtual rally.” The Our Children, Our Future coalition urged Congress to…

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Opinion: Federal relief is critical to lessen school budget blow

The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on state budgets, and Michigan is no exception; we face an estimated $6.2 billion shortfall through next year. To avoid catastrophic cuts, educators across the country are asking for help from Congress, like what has already been provided to such large corporations as airlines, cruise companies and banks. Specifically,…

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Push for federal funding to address budget shortfall

Friday’s announcement of an over $6 billion pandemic-driven hole in the state budget reinforced the urgency of getting help from Congress to help maintain essential services, like public education. Following relief for big businesses like airlines and cruise operators, it’s time for the federal government to help schools and other state-funded essentials deal with the…

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Applications due tomorrow for Whitmer’s Return to Learning council

On Friday, Gov. Whitmer announced the creation of a new Return to Learning Advisory Council – comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators and public health officials – to formalize a process for how schools can safely reopen. “It’s critical we bring together experts in health care and education, as well as students, educators, and…

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