Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, Monday welcomed the state Home of Representatives’ approval of a bipartisan plan to get Ok-12 college students safely again to highschool this fall, whether or not in individual or on-line.
The plan, which Glenn helped spearhead, will permit college districts to find out the perfect plan of action for his or her college students – on-line, in individual, or a hybrid of the 2 – primarily based on consultations with native well being departments.
Glenn’s Home Invoice 5913, a key aspect of the plan, particularly redefines the phrase “attendance” for functions of allocating state per-pupil funding to native colleges to imply “engaged in instruction” reasonably than “bodily current” within the classroom, permitting colleges to innovate and supply college students a big selection of choices for studying each within the classroom and on-line.
“The protection, well being, and wellbeing of each college students and lecturers is our highest precedence, which is why I labored with each side of the aisle to provide you with a plan that ensures our college students obtain the secure, high quality schooling they deserve, permitting college directors in Auburn, Midland, Pinconning, and Sanford the flexibleness to resolve what system works greatest for his or her particular person communities,” Glenn said in a information launch. “With college proper across the nook, I’m extraordinarily happy we’ve got a plan that legislators and the governor agree will get college students safely again to highschool and maintain them on monitor with their studying.”
Glenn famous that since this college 12 months will impose vital further prices to native college districts as they work to implement new security requirements and modern educating strategies, the Legislature has devoted a complete of $583 million in federal Coronavirus Aid Funds to Michigan colleges, together with:
• $350 per pupil throughout the board, making certain colleges have the sources they should educate kids.
• Greater than $50 million in hazard pay for educators who should be versatile and modern within the face of unprecedented modifications.
• $18 million for security measures and native benchmark assessments to make sure college students keep on monitor with studying.
The Home colleges plan, already permitted by the state Senate on Saturday with bipartisan assist, now advances to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has already indicated she’s going to signal Glenn’s invoice and the remainder of the legislative bundle into regulation.