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Michigan colleges and universities are making plans for resuming instruction in the fall, but officials are still uncertain about how institutions will function due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Michigan schools are preparing for in class meetings and lots of social distancing, while others are opting to continue classes online, The Detroit News reported. TAll of the schools are considering different approaches in their plans to reopen after in-person classes were cancelled this spring.

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The Kent Intermediate Superintendents Association hosted a virtual  meeting with local education, health and business leaders. It was the first step engaging the community discussing recommendations for reopening schools this fall.

“Reopening our economy cannot happen in its entirety until schools are also reopen”

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has taped two West Michigan education leaders to the Michigan Education Trust Board of Directors.

The Michigan Education Trust is the state’s 529 prepaid college tuition plan. It’s operated by the Michigan Department of Treasury. It allows parents to purchase credit hours at today’s cost for the future education of their children.

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With over one $1 billion less in the Michigan School Aid Fund than once projected, West Michigan superintendents are calling on lawmakers in Washington for help. 41 Superintendents of school districts in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties make up the West Michigan Talent Triangle, a collective of West Michigan school leaders who “drive policy decisions that are focused on the best interests of students,” according to its website.

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The state of Michigan early Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy.

The 2016 lawsuit that the appeals court had sent back to a federal judge in Detroit alleged that the city’s public schools were in “slum-like conditions” and “functionally incapable of delivering access to literacy.”

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A judge dismissed criminal charges Wednesday against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving Larry Nassar.

Simon last year was ordered to trial in Eaton County, near Lansing. But Circuit Judge John Maurer tossed the case, saying a lower court judge had abused her discretion in finding enough evidence to keep the case going.

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A lawmaker warned Tuesday of a potential 25% cut in state funding for K-12 schools because of economic fallout from the pandemic, saying he is not “banking” on Congress sending additional aid to states or giving flexibility to use previously passed rescue money.

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The Michigan Legislature is asking a federal appeals court to set aside a groundbreaking decision that recognized a constitutional right to education and literacy in Detroit schools.

The House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, who said managing K-12 education is a job for state and local officials, not the federal judiciary. Lawmakers are asking the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reopen the case and start over.

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Grand Valley State University is preparing for campus life to resume with face-to-face learning as part of the curriculum come the fall 2020 semester. President Philomena V. Mantella spoke with nearly 1,200 incoming students and parents during a virtual Laker town hall meeting.

She explains all decisions will be based on guidance from the governor's office and science-driven data.

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University of Michigan officials say the school hopes to settle lawsuits brought by hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by a sports doctor who worked for the university for decades. Board of Regents Chair Ron Weiser and school President Mark Schlissel say in a Tuesday that the university wants to work with lawyers for of victims who say they were abused by Dr. Robert Anderson. He died in 2008. Attorney Mike Cox says he thinks the university is trying to avoid public and court scrutiny for what it did to these survivors by settling out of court.

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