K-12 education

Whitmer Proposes Eliminating Longtime School Funding Gap

May 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed using a budget surplus to finally eliminate a funding gap among K-12 districts, 27 years after Michigan overhauled the financing of public education.

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A majority of Michigan teachers would prefer to move towards entirely online learning as cases of COVID-19 rise statewide.


Michigan K-12 schools say they’re struggling to meet workload demands in the midst of a pandemic.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a historic education package designed to give schools more flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said face masks will be required when K-through 12 students return to school in the fall. She said enforcing six-foot distancing could be impractical, but it is still recommended.

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Republicans in the Legislature rolled out their plans Tuesday for students to return to school in the fall. 

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Michigan schools are trying to get back to business after a month in lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has forced teachers and administrators to create a new strategy for guiding more than 1 million students through the end of the school year.  They’re building distance learning plans that will heavily rely on technology…and on trust.


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School districts in Ingham County are submitting their plans for continuing instruction for the remainder of the school year.


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More than 1.5 million Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday.

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A Michigan education think tank says it’s concerned about the learning gap disadvantaged students are facing as schools remain closed because of the coronavirus.