Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said she would “follow the science” on pandemic policy, is apparently not following the advice of her chief medical officer on school face mask mandates.
Detroit schools were once a tough sell. But by boosting starting pay above $50,000 and offering $15,000 bonuses for special education teachers, the city is attracting educators even during a statewide teacher shortage.
A new program called Michigan Reconnect offers free tuition at community colleges and many job training programs.
Detroit had fought to keep its school buildings open, but the pandemic has caught up with the state’s largest district and its 51,000 students.
The Michigan governor faced criticism for her emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But Whitmer also endured seven months of ominous threats, intimidation and accusations that culminated in an alleged plot to kidnap her.
Detroit students had sued the state, saying it had failed to provide a basic level of education that they argued was a basic right. After a federal appeals court agreed with the students, Whitmer and the plaintiffs have reached an agreement.