Lansing, MI – In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID Recovery Plan, Dr. Tina Kerr, executive director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, today released the following statement:

“For many years, the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators has advocated for a more robust and equitable funding system that focuses on adequacy, equity, and equality to address the needs of all students. While we work on longer term funding system changes, it’s imperative that we not lose focus of those goals. Every new dollar should be spent through that lens.

To that end, we are glad to see a supplemental request that will infuse desperately needed dollars into the PK-12 system that will help districts with the unanticipated costs associated with the pandemic and to aid educators in meeting the needs of every student in Michigan. We urge leaders in Lansing to work together to swiftly appropriate these dollars so that districts can begin making plans for recovery programs, in-person instruction, summer learning, and other expenditures for the resources our schools and students need now, and post-pandemic.”