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We know students have been hit hard by learning loss from COVID-19. On February 8th. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her proposed fiscal year 2024 budget. She prioritized investments in public education to support personalized learning to help get “MI Kids Back on Track.”
However, given Whitmer’s commitment to all students, we believe she missed some opportunities to clearly lay out her budget recommendations for Michigan’s public schools ensuring that ALL children attending and teachers teaching at public schools are treated equitably.
Here are some highlights from the Governor’s proposed budget:
As you know, the Governor’s budget proposal represents the beginning of the budget process and we expect the Governor and members of the State Legislature will live up to the spirit and commitment of the “MI Kids Back on Track” by supporting ALL public school students equitably regardless of the type of public school their families chose for them.
We need your help. Lawmakers need to be reminded that charter school students are public school students and their families are constituents, voters and taxpayers. We need to send a clear message that all public school students deserve access to a great school, a safe and welcoming school building, access to mental health supports, and personalized academic support like tutoring. And when we say “all” we truly mean “ALL public school students” who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All kids in Michigan deserve access to all the resources the Governor outlined in her “MI Kids Back on Track” program.
ACTION: Share this link (bit.ly/24schoolaidbudget) to our activation page in your school newsletter and on your social media pages to encourage parents and teachers to send a quick message to their lawmakers.