School Issues

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Parents You Hate in the School Drop-Off Loop

From the rule-breakers to the self-declared traffic police, parents everywhere can relate to these school drop-off offenders.
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6 Unique Ways to Volunteer at Your Child’s School

Looking for ways to volunteer at your child's school? Detroit parents go beyond the PTA meetings with alternative ways to give back and get involved.
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Should More Local Schools Change Morning Start Times?

Research finds there are benefits of starting school later – and districts such as Novi Community School District are taking note.
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What to Do When Parents Do Their Kids’ Science Projects

One mom says she's embarrassed of her child's science project in comparison to other projects that are clearly done by other parents. Here, some local parents weigh in on the issue.
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How to Make Lip Balm with the Digital Divas

Mind your "beeswax" and create your own custom-colored and scented lip balm – just like the Digital Divas.

How to Build a Bridge with Digital Dudes

Got K'NEX construction toys? The Digital Dudes made strong, lightweight bridges with them. Here's how you can, too.

Rocker Carolyn Striho Inspires her Special Education Students

As a high school special education teacher, a musician and a cancer survivor, Carolyn Striho doesn't let anything hold her back – and her students take note.
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The Third Grade Reading Law: Fact vs. Fiction

A new Michigan reading law will soon require third graders to pass reading tests to move up a grade. Here's everything parents need to know about law.
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Are Long-Term Substitute Teachers a Problem in Michigan?

A recent report by Bridge Magazine finds that the state's public schools used more than 2,500 long-term substitute teachers in 2018-19. Find out which districts used the most.

Ways to Ignite Your Child’s Interest in STEAM

Metro Detroit experts, who also presented at Metro Parent's STEAM + Learning Fair in September 2019, offer their best advice for sparking a child's interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
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Dakoda the Therapy Dog Helps Walled Lake High Schoolers

Walled Lake Western High School has a new and non-traditional employee – Dakota the therapy dog. Meet Dakoda and find out how she helps students and staff.
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17 Things Every Michigan Student Deserves (But Isn’t Getting)

Gary Abud, a metro Detroit author, education consultant and the 2013-14 Michigan Teacher of the Year, shares his dreams for Michigan students.