Education

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The Michigan Department of Education again has asked the U.S. Department of Education to waive standardized testing for the 2020-2021 school year so Michigan teachers can focus on making sure students are caught up in their education. State Superintendent Michael Rice says in the request that Michigan can't safely and uniformly administer a fair standardized test. Standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year was waived for Michigan, but U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told states to expect testing to come back for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Comprehensive Therapy Center

Not just about fun and games, play is an important teaching tool! Through playgroups, young children learn social-emotional and communication skills; build their physical, cognitive, and creative skills; boost their confidence; and enhance their connections with caregivers. For caregivers, play groups provide a connection with their child, other parents, and professionals. Play and Learn groups also provide caregivers with the strategies, tools, information and resources to help prepare for their child’s success.

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Nearly two dozen school buses drove past the northern Michigan home of a beloved driver who died from COVID-19.

It was a surprise tribute for Dale Wiersum’s wife. He was a driver for seven years in Cheboygan, a rural district near the tip of the Lower Peninsula where buses play a critical role in getting kids to school.

“He was a friend first,” co-worker Demi Posh said. “Always giving, thoughtful, generous, sincere. There’s not enough words to describe what kind of man Dale was. Everybody went before him. Always.”

former U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass portrait
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A regional education agency named for former U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass is dropping the name. Trustees last week voted unanimously to change the name of the Cass Intermediate School District in southwestern Michigan. A new name will be selected in January. Cass, who died in 1866, was a U.S. senator as well as governor of Michigan before it became a state. He also owned slaves and removed Native Americans from tribal lands while in President Andrew Jackson's administration.

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Veterinary students at Michigan State University are pleading for a tuition rebate after months of online instruction. The students said they expected a mix of in-person and online courses, but in-person classes were quickly dropped when the fall term began. Lauren Phillip and Breanna Demaline, on behalf of the classes of 2023 and 2024, spoke to MSU trustees, requesting a 30% refund. President Samuel Stanley Jr. says a partial refund isn't practical, noting the university still has fixed costs.

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Kent County along with health departments, healthcare providers and area universities are partnering with the launch of VaccinateWestMI.com.

“Thank you for checking out this website to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Dr. Adam London is director of the Kent County Health Department.

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Nonpublic schools sued Monday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration extended a coronavirus order that prevents in-person instruction at Michigan high schools, saying it violates the First Amendment right to practice religion.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that her administration may extend portions of a three-week partial shutdown of schools and businesses next week because of the “sheer volume” of coronavirus cases in Michigan.

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The University of Michigan said it hired a consultant to guide changes after the school’s chief academic officer was ousted because of sexual misconduct.

Guidepost Solutions will assist the university in following recommendations by a law firm that said it had uncovered sexual misconduct by Martin Philbert during his long career. He was accused of harassing graduate students and staff and regularly having trysts in campus offices.

018: Gloria Lara

Oct 19, 2020
Gloria Lara
LEDA

With more than 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit boards of directors, Gloria Lara uses her voice to ensure that un-heard voices are in fact, heard.  Currently the Executive Director at LEDA (Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance), she is skilled in forging strategic partnerships and unlocking hidden opportunities.  Meet Gloria Lara on our next Powerful Women: Let’s Talk!

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