March is Reading Month. Does Gretchen Whitmer Even Care?

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:8 Mar 2022

March is Reading Month, but does the governor even care? More importantly – is she ever going to do anything about it? Michigan’s young readers are in crisis, and too many politicians – particularly those with the veto pens –


My Take: March is reading month, and Michigan kids are in crisis

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:8 Mar 2022

This column originally appeared in The Holland Sentinel. March is reading month. Expect to see pictures in your local paper of smiling legislators reading Dr. Seuss to local kindergarten classes. Expect proclamations from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with fancy language about


Whitmer’s Cut to Reading Scholarships Comes Back to Hurt Kids

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:22 Feb 2022

A devastating new study underscores the importance of reading support for Michigan students – and the damage that’s been done over the last 2 years by a governor and a bureaucracy more interested in COVID theater than helping Michigan’s kids.


Whitmer Budget Withholds Bonus Checks from 10,000 Michigan Public School Teachers

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:10 Feb 2022

Whitmer Budget Withholds Bonus Checks from 10,000 Michigan Public School Teachers  Governor Excludes Hundreds of Public Schools from Infrastructure Infusion, Slashes Funding for Online Learners During Pandemic  LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone on behalf of


GLEP To Governor Whitmer: Unmask Our Kids

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:9 Feb 2022

GLEP To Governor Whitmer: Unmask Our Kids LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today urged Governor Gretchen Whitmer to denounce the anti-science demand from her campaign donors at the American Federation of Teachers that healthy children

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Parents Tell Lansing: Let MI Kids Learn

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:7 Feb 2022

What a week. Over just the last few days, parents, teachers and students have come together in huge numbers to celebrate National School Choice Week, to demand open classrooms and learning opportunities, and to kick-off a petition campaign that will


Sarah Anderson Joins Great Lakes Education Project as Executive Vice President

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:4 Feb 2022

Sarah Anderson Joins Great Lakes Education Project as Executive Vice President LANSING – The Great Lakes Education Project today proudly announced the hiring of Sarah Anderson as the organization’s new Executive Vice President. As a mom of 3, Anderson is


My Take: ‘Social, emotional, and academic suffering.’ ‘No learning happening.’ ‘Despair.’

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:28 Jan 2022

This column originally appeared in The Holland Sentinel. Most of us think of the new year as a time for fresh starts and new opportunities. Too many Michigan parents woke up Jan. 1 trapped in a recurring nightmare for their


Whitmer Owes Parents Answers on School Closures

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:27 Jan 2022

Whitmer Owes Parents Answers on School Closures  LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone provided the following statement today following Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address: “While Gretchen Whitmer pays lip service to opening classrooms, she


STATE OF THE STATE: Parents Deserve Answers from Governor Whitmer

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:26 Jan 2022

STATE OF THE STATE: Parents Deserve Answers from Governor Whitmer   LANSING – Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone today urged Governor Gretchen Whitmer to use her State of the State address Wednesday evening to provide answers to