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Kent County

The Kent County Board of Commissioners is releasing federal CARES Act dollars to Kent County schools for the purchase of safety supplies related to the coronavirus.

Kent County’s Public, Charter and Private Schools will receive $2 million dollars that can be used for offsetting the cost of implementing safety measures related to COVID-19.

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The Detroit school district reached a deal to open buildings on Sept. 8. In-person instruction will be capped at 20 students per classroom. Teachers can get extra pay, and kids and staff will have their temperature checked each day. The deal came a week after members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers authorized a strike over coronavirus safety. The Detroit Public Schools Community District is the largest in Michigan with roughly 50,000 students. Despite the agreement with the union, some teachers don't want to return to face-to-face instruction.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Previously, child care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places, though masks had been highly recommended at camps when small groups cross paths and cannot socially distance.

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Kent County

The Kent County Board of Commissioners is taking steps to provide COVID-19 funding to county schools for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment.

Currently, the state is in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan allowing schools to provide in-person instruction with required safety protocols. Some school districts are making plans for virtual learning, others a hybrid of virtual and in-person instruction.

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Grand Valley State University

A one-of-a-kind offer is being made to every teacher in the state providing free professional development workshops.

Grand Valley State University and its Charter Schools Office are offering the program. The university operates 78 charter schools across the state. It offers those teachers professional development workshops.

“Our professional development workshops are opportunities for teachers to come together and really study the practice of teaching.”

A new Michigan law eliminates a requirement that teachers take the SAT, the standardized test commonly used in college admissions.

The test was required for people who wanted to become certified to teach in Michigan. But critics say it's not a good indicator of a successful teacher.

Sen. Marty Knollenberg, a Republican from Troy, says the SAT doesn't measure enthusiasm, passion or competency in a certain subject. He says it can be another hurdle to getting people into the teaching profession.

Kent ISD
Kent ISD

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage was passed by voters last year. The Kent County Intermediate School District wants residents to know how the additional dollars are being used in classrooms.

Voters approved the Kent Intermediate School District’s Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage in May. The additional $20 million generated annually over the next 10 years will provide more resources for the 20 school districts served by Kent ISD.

GVSU President Tom Haas
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During a recent Grand Rapids Rotary Club luncheon, Dr. Thomas Haas, Chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Education Commission and President of Grand Valley State University explained Michigan students are underperforming.

Haas spoke with WGVU about the report and the commission tasked with making recommendations for revamping the state’s education delivery system.

Twenty-four teachers were selected to serve on a panel that will guide the implementation of a new federal school accountability plan in Michigan. The teachers were chosen from a pool of more than 300 who applied for a spot on the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council. They come from schools across the state.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders say that have reached a tentative framework on making changes to Michigan's teacher retirement system. They reported the agreement after a meeting at the Capitol Thursday. The progress means Snyder will be involved in budget decisions again after GOP leaders excluded him.

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