Category: Newsletter

Pediatricians Say Send Michigan Kids Back to School – Will Whitmer Listen?

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:7 Jul 2020

Michigan pediatricians and members of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) just delivered groundbreaking news and encouragement to Governor Whitmer and lawmakers, that they safely get students back into the classroom for in-person learning this fall.

Candidates Putting Our Kids First

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:17 Jun 2020

Across Michigan we’ve spent the last three months getting back to basics. More time with family. Less time (read: no time) in the office. Tight quarters and fewer activities. At GLEP, we’re focused on the “basics,” too. The simple truth

Michigan Trails Rest of Nation – with Zero Plan to Re-Open Schools

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:2 Jun 2020

School buildings have been closed for more than two months, and districts statewide have submitted “continuity of learning plans” for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Education have yet to

Two Months of Silence in Schools, and From Governor Whitmer

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:18 May 2020

Michigan parents and teachers continue doing selfless and often heroic work in the face of the COVID-19 public health crisis, but as the weeks away from the classroom add up, student advocates are looking ahead to the looming education crisis

Thank a Public Charter School Teacher!

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:5 May 2020

This week we’re observing National Teacher Appreciation Week and we’re more grateful than ever for the incredible work Michigan’s talented and dedicated public charter school teachers are doing to keep their students engaged and learning in the midst of a

The Old Way of Doing School Doesn’t Work – Our Kids Deserve Better

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:21 Apr 2020

Unprecedented times for our students are creating unprecedented numbers of parent and teacher heroes. As Michigan school districts respond to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order requiring them to establish so-called “continuity of learning plans,” they’re realizing that students’ best advocates haven’t

School Buildings are Closed but School Isn’t Over

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:6 Apr 2020

The last three weeks have been among the most challenging in the history of Michigan’s public education system. The COVID-19 public health crisis has turned life on its head and changed the way we think about health and safety. It’s

Resources to get us all through these uncertain times

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:17 Mar 2020

These are uncertain times with changes to normal activities happening daily. Now is the time for us to all step up and heed warnings for social distancing and find ways to support our most vulnerable citizens. Check in on an

MDE’s Dirty Little Secret

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:3 Mar 2020

The Michigan Department of Education has for more than 180 consecutive days broken the state’s reporting law, failing to meet transparency requirements and refusing to publish easy to understand school report cards. But that’s not all. GLEP recently discovered MDE’s

Another Budget, Another Fight for Fair Funding

Posted by:bdeshone Posted On:17 Feb 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has presented her budget for fiscal year 2021, and public school students who need help the most find themselves – once again – in the governor’s crosshairs. The governor’s proposal made big headlines for offering to reimburse