Student mental health is the growing challenge in our schools

By State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom When our students headed back to school in August, I had the opportunity to speak with our local school superintendents about their concerns for the upcoming school year. The discussion quickly turned to the increasing struggle teachers and administrators have with children exhibiting violent behavior or disrupting learning environments. One…

Rep. VanWoerkom invites residents to town hall meeting on senior issues

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, will host a town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 to discuss issues affecting senior citizens. “Our aging population faces a number of important issues such as elder abuse, long-term health care, nutrition, elder rights and more,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “It is important to have discussions about these…

Rep. VanWoerkom plan requires Legislature to submit budget by July 1

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today introduced a plan to require the Michigan Legislature to present a budget to the governor by July 1 each year. VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, said the proposal is a good government reform that will offer more certainty for schools, local governments and other critical programs that rely on state funding…

VanWoerkom details plan to improve school bus safety

Lawmaker testifies before House committee on plan better protecting students State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, this week testified before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in support of his bipartisan plan improving school bus safety in Michigan. “Every child who relies on bus transportation to get to and from school deserves…

Summer reading champion joins Rep. VanWoerkom at state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: Charlie VanderBough, of Holton, joined Rep. VanWoerkom at the state Capitol for Tuesday’s House session. VanderBough, a student at Holton Elementary, was the winner of VanWoerkom’s “Rep for a Day” summer reading contest. Rep. VanWoerkom worked with several local libraries over the summer to host this reading contest, designed to encourage students to…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces October office hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of October. “I value your ideas on how we can make government more efficient, effective, and accountable,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of…

Plan to preserve child welfare funding led by Rep. VanWoerkom

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today introduced a proposal that would restore necessary funding for the state’s network of county welfare programs charged with ensuring the wellbeing of children in the foster and juvenile justice systems. This funding was stripped from the state budget through line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. When signing budget bills for…

Montague National Champion joins Rep. VanWoerkom at state Capitol

  PHOTO INFORMATION: Allison Tate, of Montague, joined Rep. VanWoerkom at the state Capitol for Wednesday’s House session. Tate, a student at Whitehall High School, received first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit at the 45th annual National History Day Contest. Her project, A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Dr. Kelsey’s Triumph Hides an American Tragedy,…

Michigan students could opt for coding over foreign language under VanWoerkom’s proposal

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom has introduced a plan to update Michigan’s curriculum standards to better prepare students for their future careers. “Michigan’s job market is changing,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “Our education system must keep up if we want our children to thrive after graduation.” VanWoerkom’s plan would allow students to complete a computer…

Rep. VanWoerkom: Budget plan boosts public health, agriculture

Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in agricultural communities, mental health and infrastructure – without raising taxes.  “The budget plan approved today continues to build a strong agricultural community by investing in agriculture innovation and providing funding to expand an initiative to provide…

Rep. VanWoerkom supports bipartisan K-12 funding plan

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, today voted in support of the Legislature’s bipartisan school aid budget. The plan includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces September coffee hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of September. “It is my job to ensure your views and concerns are represented at the Capitol,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “Please join me at one of my upcoming…