It wasn’t a surprise, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an outrage.
Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her annual budget, asking lawmakers to back her priorities and to spend billions in federal COVID relief funding.
In a brazen move to placate her political base, the budget also included a staggering cut for Michigan public schools, public school teachers, and online learners.
She slashed 20 percent for students attending online public schools during a pandemic, while many public schools still refuse to open their doors for in-person learning.
Whitmer’s attack on public school teachers and students who attend public school online is a broadside assault on public education and on families in the middle of a global pandemic.
We’re fighting back to protect teachers, parents, and Michigan’s school children.
We hope you’ll fight alongside us.
Executive Director, Great Lakes Education Project
The move met with criticism from the Great Lakes Education Project, which said amid the pandemic students are relying on online schools.
“That Whitmer would slash the budgets that pay Michigan teachers’ salaries, provide computers for kids, and online classrooms that so many students rely on daily is both astounding and reprehensible,” said Executive Director Beth DeShone.
Governor Whitmer unilaterally forced students to attend classes online last spring. This fall she ignored the CDC, ignored pediatricians, ignored the science and still kept kids out of school buildings across the state. Many of those schools still haven’t re-opened. Michigan students rely on online public schools now more than ever.
That Whitmer would slash the budgets that pay Michigan teachers’ salaries, provide computers for kids, and online classrooms that so many students rely on daily is both astounding and reprehensible.
Michigan kids and their families deserve the Governor’s support, not a budget cut. The public school teachers Whitmer attacked last week deserve that support, too.
Contact your state Representative and state Senator today. Ask them to support public school teachers, public school students, and local families.
Ask them to reject Governor Whitmer’s devastating 20 percent funding cut for online learners – in the middle of a global pandemic.
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