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Michigan teachers will be eligible for grants recognizing their work during the pandemic

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The state announced this week that teachers and support staff who worked through the pandemic are eligible for state grants. 

The state’s budget set aside 53-million dollars for teachers and 20-million for support staff to receive payments recognizing their work in the spring. 

Ron Leix is with the Treasury. He says support staff will be eligible for up to 250-dollars, K-12 teachers will be eligible for up to 500-dollars. 

“It recognizes the efforts that teachers took during the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. The legislature and the Governor thought it would be good to allocate a few dollars to help them out.”

Leix says teachers and support staff should reach out to the district they worked at during the 2019-2020 school year for more information. 

A spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association said they hope as many educators and paraeducators as possible take advantage of the offer.