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Whitmer releases back-to-school “blueprint”

Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a “blueprint” today outlining return-to-school plans.

The governor said the “blueprint” is not an order.

The blueprint’s *recommendations* cover a range of issues – from mental health support for college students to universal pre-K. It’s based on the work of a task force that examined the challenges facing schools during and before the pandemic.

The governor told the group “Mothering Justice” that billions of dollars earmarked for the state in federal COVID-19 recovery funds represent a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to address racial and economic inequality. 

“Budgets are a reflection of values. How we invest state funds must be based on what the people need.”

The governor and the Legislature’s GOP leaders are still bargaining on the budget.