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Legislature Approves of High School Graduation Ceremony Legislation

May 11, 2021

Legislation that would exempt high school graduation ceremonies from current COVID-19 restrictions was approved by the legislature this week. The Senate passed a bill that would exempt the ceremonies from Department of Health and Human Services epidemic orders, which currently have restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend public events based on the […]

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Federal Testing Waiver Denied

Apr 09, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education denied Michigan’s request to waive the federal requirement to administer the state summative assessments. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requested the waiver due to the disruption to schools caused by COVID-19. According to State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice, part of the reason for the request was to allow teachers […]

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State Moves Toward Statewide In-Person Learning

Jan 08, 2021

This afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has set a goal for all school districts to offer an option for in-person learning no later than March 1. Despite a brief shutdown of in-person learning at high schools in November and December, the decision of in-person vs. virtual learning has been left up to individual […]

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Department Receives $17 Million in Federal Grant Funding

Oct 23, 2020

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded $17 million in a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19. The funds will help Michigan jobseekers make the jump from education and training to employment by delivering short- and mid-term customized training solutions. LEO will utilize […]

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McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

Oct 16, 2020

Created to provide educational opportunities for Hispanic students and motivate them to pursue higher education, the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship has awarded more than $31.5 million in scholarships, to-date, and helped 17,060 students since its founding in 1985. It is one of the largest programs committed to college scholarships and resources for Hispanics, awarding a […]

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McDonald’s Makes Scholarship Announcement

Sep 04, 2020

McDonald’s announced the HACER More Scholarship, which will provide 100 additional scholarships for Hispanic students. The increased financial strain caused by the pandemic has caused additional uncertainty amongst families working to pay for higher education. As a result, McDonald’s hopes to alleviate some of that financial strain through the awarded scholarships. This program is an […]

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House Passes ‘Return to Learn’ Plan

Jul 24, 2020

This week the House passed legislation aimed at providing flexibility for schools as they prepare for the new school year. The plan allows for school districts and local health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their area. This includes the choice for continued distance learning or in-person […]

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Governor Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap

Jul 02, 2020

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a comprehensive document to help school districts create local plans for in-person learning this fall. It outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan, including, guidance on the use of PPE, good hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, […]

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