Whitmer holds back-to-school call with educators
The governor said there is still more work to do to support teachers, staff, and students
Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressed school principals and educators Monday as they get ready for a return to full-time in-person learning.
The governor delivered her remarks online. She acknowledged record per-student funding, and money for recruitment and retention may not be enough to reverse staff shortages that began before the issues created by COVID-19.
“We’ve known this day was coming and it’s only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.”
The K-through-12 schools budget, adopted with wide bipartisan support, also has more money for mental health services, at-risk programs, and infrastructure improvement. But the governor, without offering details, said there is still more work to do to support teachers, staff and students as they return to classrooms.