On February 8th. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her proposed fiscal year 2024 budget.
We know students have been hit hard by learning loss from COVID-19. We agree with Whitmer that students need additional support to catch up and get on track for long-term success and support her budget recommendations that will invest millions in personalized learning for ALL students. Whitmer’s "MI Kids Back on Track" program "will offer every child in Michigan personalized learning support that meets their needs.”
However, given that commitment to all students, we believe the Governor 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.
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 supports like tutoring. And when we say “all” we truly mean “ALL public school students” who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and deserve access to all the resources the Governor outlined in her “MI Kids Back on Track” program.
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