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Whitmer holds back-to-school call with educators

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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.

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