Plan also addresses partially vetoed funding
State Rep. Ann Bollin this week voted in favor of an emergency budget plan to help combat the spread of coronavirus in the state. A total of $25 million will assist in virus monitoring, testing, infection control, and continuation of critical state government functions.
The plan also addresses several budget items partially vetoed by the governor during the last budget cycle, including funding for the Algebra Nation program.
The plan will restore $300,000 funding for Algebra Nation, which provides an online algebra tool for Michigan students. Other states have implemented the tool resulting in higher test scores for students as a result. Rep. Bollin believes the tool will give a boost to student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Michigan.
“A strong algebra foundation is essential for student success in these subjects,” Bollin said “Ensuring Michigan students have access to a great STEM education is critical to ensuring their future competitiveness and the competitiveness of the State of Michigan.”
The plan also allocates $300,000 in funding to public and non-public schools for FIRST Robotics programs. FIRST Robotics is a program for students to design, build, and compete in tournaments using robots. The program is a great hands-on STEM education opportunity for students.