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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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Return to Learn Plan Announced

Jun 26, 2020

This week a proposal was announced that aims to get students back into classrooms this fall in a safe manner given the continuing presence of COVID-19 in our lives. It would utilize federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to cover the $1.3 billion in appropriations outlined in the proposal. The plan, announced by Senate Majority Leader Mike […]

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Governor Announces Settlement in Literacy Case

May 15, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the plaintiffs in the Gary B. literacy case signed a settlement agreement that resolves all of the plaintiffs’ claims against all of the defendants. The case brought into question whether students in Detroit have a fundamental right to literacy. The lawsuit was filed against former Governor Rick Snyder in 2016. Other […]

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K-12 Schools to Remain Closed

Apr 03, 2020

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced what many were anticipating, that K-12 schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In her Executive Order, she also addressed many of the lingering questions. Including that high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year and how schools will move […]

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