Category: Newsletter


Whitmer Pushes Masking for Kindergarteners – Again

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:10 Aug 2021

The debate about masking school children, even kindergarteners, is heating up again. No, the science hasn’t changed. Young children remain the least susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and to spreading it, and the few who do get it tend to suffer


House Democrats Slash $155 Million from School Children

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:27 Jul 2021

Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives this week sunk to a new and surprising low. They voted en masse to slash education funding from students in kindergarten and elementary school who are struggling to read after a year of


Whitmer to Kids: ‘Masks are Back’

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:12 Jul 2021

Students are on summer vacation, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer and bureaucrats are already figuring out ways to make heading back to school this fall more difficult. The Governor and her health department recently published new, formal recommendations that school districts


Helping Struggling Readers, and Fully Funding Every Student

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:29 Jun 2021

Michigan’s 3rd Grade Reading law was written, approved by the legislature, and signed by the previous Governor because evidence and experience shows it’s an approach with remarkable benefits for kids – benefits that can improve the entire trajectory of their


A Special Election on the Horizon, and our Kids’ Rights on the Line

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:15 Jun 2021

Every day in Lansing, the Great Lakes Education Project interacts and works with plenty of men and women who talk a good game, and fewer who really walk the walk. Pam Hornberger is that kind of fighter. Pam’s spent the


Michigan School Bureaucrats Ignore Federal Guidance, Try to Hide Learning Loss

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:17 May 2021

A few local public-school bureaucracies in Michigan don’t want you to know how badly they may have failed your kids. At the same time, they’re forcing parents to jump through hoops to get their kids evaluated. President Joe Biden’s administration


Students, Not Systems

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:5 May 2021

Lansing’s public school bureaucracy is at it again. Just days ago, their advocates in the legislature tried to ram through a devastating amendment to the state’s school budget that would have slashed funding for online learners – during a global


Another Anti-Science School Shutdown

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:19 Apr 2021

The last time Governor Whitmer suggested closing things for a few weeks, her lockdown lasted more than a year. That’s why we were so concerned when the Governor suggested closing schools again just as the spring assessment window opens, with


Spring Break in Lansing

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:6 Apr 2021

Lansing was as quiet last week as hundreds of closed public school buildings have been since Governor Whitmer ordered them shuttered last March. The state legislature is on spring recess, for legislators and staff to be at home (or on


Delivering for Kids, Even if Whitmer Vetoes Their Funding

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:22 Mar 2021

Late last week, the Michigan Senate followed the House’s lead and passed bipartisan school funding bills to help meet the needs of Michigan kids. It was an important move. It’s just a tragedy they even had to act. Earlier this