State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, chair of the House Education Policy Committee, issued the following statement urging the governor to demand Flint schools open for in-person learning:
“We have a moral obligation to educate the children of the state of Michigan. What is currently happening to thousands of students in the Flint School District is egregious. Flint students, some of the poorest and most underserved students in our state, are currently locked out of school indefinitely. The district has not yet communicated what day students will be returning to face-to-face, in-class instruction.
“There is no logical defense of the adults in the Flint school district that are being allowed to hold student’s education hostage. Right down the street from many shuttered Flint schools, public charter schools remain open and are safely and successfully operating each day.
“This school year, for its 3,623 students, Flint received $27,426.00 per pupil, for a total amount of $99,352,853.00 in federal American Rescue Plan funding. This is in addition to the highest on record per pupil funding all school districts received from the state of Michigan. In October, Flint schools agreed to use some of those federal dollars to pay each teacher a $22,500 COVID-related bonus. Obviously, a lack of funding is not to blame for depriving Flint students of classroom instruction.
“Governor, it is time to start making decisions that are best for students and their families. It is time for you to put the education and needs of Flint students before the wants of the adults working in the Flint school district.”
The Michigan House has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) that would authorize the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to transfer Brandenburg Park to Chesterfield Township.
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) has introduced a plan to combat the volume of inappropriately flushed personal care and household wipes statewide by requiring manufacturers to label wipes sold in Michigan as “non-flushable.”
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger introduced a House resolution on Wednesday condemning the Michigan Department of Education’s teacher training videos on student gender orientation and reaffirming the fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children.
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) is working to protect child abuse victims from reliving trauma during forensic investigations and court proceedings. A bipartisan plan she helped introduce in June would require a child’s initial testimony to be recorded, preventing him or her from testifying multiple times and reliving the event each time.