The state health department has given the Detroit school district the OK to administer the COVID vaccine in schools, part of an effort to raise the immunization rate among the city’s school-age children.
GOP lawmakers defend a measure that would require schools to publicly post curricula, book titles, writing assignments and other material at the start of the school year or lose 5 percent of funding. Democrats call it a ploy to politicize education.
The money would come from one-time federal COVID relief funds, but is only a fraction of the estimated $2.1 billion needed for building issues in the district.
The Detroit school board is looking to increase the amount of money it receives for attending meetings and conducting other board business.
Debra White-Hunt, legendary dance teacher, choreographer and co-founder of the Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy, is honored for her contributions of more than 50 years of service to arts and culture to Detroit.
While students in New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and beyond have returned to face-to-face instruction in the midst of an omicron-fueled surge, Detroit kids have remained at home, learning online since Jan. 6.
The Detroit school district has extended virtual learning by another week, but officials say students and staff should expect to return to in-person instruction on Jan. 31.
Detroit district students and educators likely won’t return to in-person learning until the end of January, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said during a school board meeting Tuesday.
Chronic absenteeism rose significantly for Detroit district students last year as families continued to deal with financial, logistical, and health ramifications of the COVID pandemic.
The Detroit school district surprised families with news Thursday afternoon that all schools will be closed Friday.