Category: Blog


“Freeze” Kids in Schools? No.

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:4 Aug 2020

Superintendent Michael Rice last week told members of the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee that lawmakers should “freeze” students in schools, even those that refuse to open or to meet their unique educational needs this fall, in order to


Doctors, scientists, research and data: Get kids back in the classroom

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:27 Jul 2020

This column originally appeared in the Midland Daily News. Classrooms should be open this fall for kids whose parents are comfortable sending them back to school. There’s nothing political about it. It’s the conclusion of researchers and doctors, pediatricians and


State Musn’t Discriminate with COVID-19 Emergency School Funds

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:21 Jul 2020

  The coronavirus did not discriminate based on the kind of schools Michigan kids attend, and neither did the Governor’s executive order shuttering every school building in the state. That’s why the Great Lakes Education Project so strongly opposes a


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.


Getting kids back to school this fall will take leadership and a few bold ideas

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:22 Jun 2020

This column originally appeared in the Traverse City Record Eagle. Folks in Lansing can spend hours pointing fingers over the government’s various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (just check Twitter), but with Michigan kids’ futures on the line, we’re more


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


Michigan lags in a path forward for schools

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:26 May 2020

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News. 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


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


GLEP: Where’s the Plan for Coming School Year? Teachers, Families Need & Deserve Clarity – Now

Posted by:cpickford Posted On:8 May 2020

GLEP: Where’s the Plan for Coming School Year? Teachers, Families Need & Deserve Clarity – Now Reformers Still Concerned Too Many Kids Could be Left Behind LANSING – On behalf of Michigan’s parents and students, Great Lakes Education Project Executive