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Rep. Allor: Legislature approves bipartisan education restart agreement
RELEASE|August 17, 2020
Contact: Sue Allor

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today joined the Legislature in approving a bipartisan agreement to get K-12 students safely back to school this fall.

The plan will allow school districts to determine the best course of action for their students, be it online, in person, or hybrid instruction, based on consultations with local health departments.

 “It’s incredibly important to our Northern Michigan families that their children be able to continue with their education in a manner that takes into account the many challenges created by COVID-19,” Allor said. “This plan will help keep our communities safe with flexibility for remote and in-person learning, or a combination of both.”

Allor also said providing parents with the opportunity to voice their concerns is crucial to keep the school district and community informed of needed adaptations and hold locally elected officials accountable. Under the plan, school boards will reexamine and recertify how they are delivering instruction to students at their monthly board meetings for the duration of the 2020-21 school year.

Additionally, local benchmark assessments will provide detailed information to parents and teachers about where a student needs additional help to ensure they stay on track.

As the coming school year will also pose significant additional costs to school districts as they work to impose new safety standards and innovative teaching methods, the Legislature previously dedicated a total of $583 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to Michigan schools, including:

  • $350 per student across the board, ensuring schools have the resources they need to educate children.
  • More than $50 million in hazard pay for educators who have been flexible and innovative in the face of unprecedented change.
  • $18 million for safety measures and local benchmark assessments to ensure kids stay on track with learning.

The plan now advances to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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