Michigan back-to-school compromise resolves some questions, but funding remains murky
Back-to-school legislation that gives Michigan schools a choice between online and in-person instruction but requires them to review their decisions continually is headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk as classrooms begin reopening across the state.
Whitmer is expected to sign the package of three bills, which passed the state House on Monday with support from leaders of both parties.
The legislation represents a compromise after months of wrangling over whether — and how — schools should reopen. Schools won’t be required to provide in-person instruction to students in grades K-5, as an initial Republican proposal stipulated. But attendance will be taken, and school funding for the year will depend in part on how many students show up this fall, measures that many Democrats opposed.
“What we’re doing today is a true testament of what can happen when we work together,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield, the Republican speaker of the state House. “Educating our kids should not be partisan.”
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