Stabenow & Rice: USDA is taking away meals from students

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Tuesday she is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year after officials there said they were not extending some food-program practices. Stabenow, D-Lansing, joined Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Michael F. Rice and other officials in a Zoom call to discuss a recent decision by the USDA not to extend waivers for key food programs that keep children fed across the nation while schools are closed. Once the waivers expire at the end of the month, Rice said Michigan families would not be able to get meals on weekends, as they have since March, and parents would have to

Middle Cities praises GEER Fund grants for student safety measures

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2020 Lansing, MI – Sorely needed financial assistance for student support services and enhanced internet connectivity to facilitate online learning was announced today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and praised as a “huge shot in the arm” by Middle Cities Education Association (MCEA) President Jamie Cain. “The Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund (GEER) is a huge shot in the arm for Michigan’s neediest students and the schools that serve the greatest percentage of those who are at-risk,” said Cain, superintendent of the Port Huron Area School District. “These resources are targeted for services essential to students that go beyond personal protective equipm

Port Huron Superintendent Jamie Cain Named Middle Cities President

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2020 Contact: Ray Telman, 517-285-5370 Lansing, MI – Port Huron Superintendent Jamie Cain was appointed president of the Middle Cities Education Association Board of Directors for the 2020-21 school year. “This year promises to present a unique challenge for each of the 27 Middle Cities districts,” said Executive Director Ray Telman. “Collaboration and sharing information among like districts have always been hallmarks of our association, but this year will be like none we’ve experienced.” “Jamie’s leadership will be welcomed as we work together, share our successes and our challenges, and bring the experience of all members to the

River Rouge Schools awarded federal grant to restore urban school libraries

Wayne State University School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Kafi Kumasi has been awarded an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program award of $247,152 for “Project RUSL: Restoring Urban School Libraries." The project will provide education and professional development for six diverse classroom teachers who work in Harper Woods and River Rouge School District. The teachers will become certified school librarians and build capacity to restore the school libraries in their respective buildings. “I’m excited about the opportunity to bridge cultural disconnects that many urban students experience with traditional school and public library spaces, where they don’t see themsel

Flint Community Schools rolls out enhanced STEM curriculum

Superintendent Anita Steward says Brownell Academy and Holmes Middle School have been designated as STEM schools for years, but had gotten away from the curriculum. The district is now working with Michigan State University on re-launching the curriculum that focuses on science, math, engineering and technology with hands on learning and group projects. Brownell will serve kindergarten through fifth grade and Holmes Middle School will be the STEM academy for sixth through eighth grade. "They're going to be engaged in some hands on activities where they get to break some things apart [and] rebuild them," said Flint Schools Superintendent Anita Steward. "This is going to be truly hands on lear

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