Today, Dr. Tina Kerr, executive director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, released the following statement regarding the House Republican COVID-19 Plan:
“It’s important that our lawmakers have an active role in ensuring that schools receive the resources they need to educate Michigan’s children. We appreciate the House GOP’s recognition that there are many additional costs schools and other industries face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, federal dollars for learning should not be used as a bargaining chip. A bipartisan vote of Congress sent $1.6 billion in aid to Michigan schools and district leaders need that money to be appropriated now – without caveat or consideration of politics. Doing so ensures that we can plan for in-person instruction, remedial education, summer programming, the procurement of PPE, and so many other variables that will positively impact our students, while ensuring their health and safety. The debate among adults about separation of powers and decision-making authority should not hold hostage these desperately needed funds for our schools and, ultimately, Michigan’s children.
We remain willing partners to work with lawmakers, the governor, MDHHS, and MDE to ensure that the best decisions are made but stand opposed to any attempt to tie this vital Congressional funding to policy bills in the state legislature.”