This fall is perhaps the most important of our lifetimes.
Parents and students are scrambling to find educational options after many districts across the state opted this month to lock them out of the classroom for the start of the school year.
Lawmakers are scrambling to fill budget holes, to demand accountability from public school bureaucrats, and to find creative solutions to generational problems.
At the same time, control of the House of Representatives is up for grabs in a matter of weeks, with the next two years hanging in the balance for parents desperately in need of school choices.
The Great Lakes Education Project is working literally day and night in Lansing and across the state to make the most of these critical days, and to deliver results for parents. We encourage you to join us.
“The science, the data, and the Centers for Disease Control say it’s time to get Michigan kids back in the classroom. We strongly encourage local school boards, administrations, and policymakers to open classroom doors this September. Michigan kids’ social, emotional, and educational futures depend on adults’ willingness to follow the science and the data and to put students’ needs first.”
With students’ social, emotional, and educational futures at stake, we’re urging local school boards and policymakers to follow expert guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, to rely on science and data – not fear – and to safely get kids back in the classroom for in-person learning.
“The available evidence provides reason to believe that in-person schooling is in the best interest of students, particularly in the context of appropriate mitigation measures similar to those implemented at essential workplaces.”“The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms… At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources… to meet basic developmental needs.”
It’s time to support candidates who agree, too. Stay tuned in the days to come for important endorsements from GLEP in House races across the state. Working together, we’ll make a real difference for Michigan students.
Your contribution of $5, $10, or even $50 could make a real difference for our kids this fall. Will you stand with us?