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Mental health, school safety among top parental concerns in new report

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Michigan parents say mental health and school safety are some of their top priorities. That's the conclusion of the Michigan Parents' Council in the group's final report to the governor

The council first came into being in July through an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Her office says the council got feedback from thousands of parents through listening sessions and surveys.

The report says nearly 85 percent of parents wanted to see schools focusing on mental health.

They suggested classroom learning, community partnerships, and resources like therapy animals.

Teacher retention and recruitment, and education opportunities like after school programs also ranked highly in parents' concerns.

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