Michigan Republicans unveil 'Return to Learn' plan for fall back to school
(06/24/2020) - Michigan Republican lawmakers believe they have a plan to bring students back to classrooms in the fall with a funding increase.
The Return to Learn plan proposes sending students back to school with in-person learning for K-5 students. The plan also provides a one-time payment of $500 to teachers and adds funding of $800 per student.
That funding, $1.3 billion, would come from federal funding to offset coronavirus expenses.
The plan also calls for more flexibility in how attendance is counted and limits the use of snow days to encourage remote learning.
Districts would develop their own safety procedures with local health departments.
Lawmakers also say they want to allocate $80 million to intermediate school districts.
"It became clear to me was that we needed to provide significant flexibility significant resources and significant opportunity for those kids and those parents and those teachers to be able to get the best possible education," said MI GOP lawmaker.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to unveil her own plan for the upcoming school year next week.