LANSING, Mich. – Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, Monday welcomed the state House of Representatives’ approval of a bipartisan plan to get K-12 students safely back to school this fall, whether in person or online.
The plan, which Glenn helped spearhead, will allow school districts to determine the best course of action for their students – online, in person, or a hybrid of the two – based on consultations with local health departments.
Glenn’s House Bill 5913, a key element of the plan, specifically redefines the word “attendance” for purposes of allocating state per-pupil funding to local schools to mean “engaged in instruction” rather than “physically present” in the classroom, allowing schools to innovate and offer students a wide array of options for learning both in the classroom and online.
“The safety, health, and wellbeing of both students and teachers is our highest priority, which is why I worked with both sides of the aisle to come up with a plan that ensures our students receive the safe, quality education they deserve, allowing school administrators in Auburn, Midland, Pinconning, and Sanford the flexibility to decide what system works best for their individual communities,” Glenn said. “With school right around the corner, I’m extremely pleased we have a plan that legislators and the governor agree will get students safely back to school and keep them on track with their learning.”
Glenn noted that since this school year will impose significant additional costs to local school districts as they work to implement new safety standards and innovative teaching methods, the Legislature has dedicated a total of $583 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to Michigan schools, including:
- $350 per student across the board, ensuring schools have the resources they need to educate children.
- More than $50 million in hazard pay for educators who have to be flexible and innovative in the face of unprecedented changes.
- $18 million for safety measures and local benchmark assessments to ensure students stay on track with learning.
Glenn said area parents, teachers, and administrators will finally have some certainty as to how the new school year will proceed.
“This is the best, most common sense plan for our schools, one in which I have confidence not just as a legislator, but for my own school age grandchildren.”
The House schools plan, already approved by the state Senate on Saturday with bipartisan support, now advances to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has already indicated she will sign Glenn’s bill and the rest of the legislative package into law.
Rep. Glenn says the 2021 School Aid budget approved by the Legislature and now moving to the Governor fulfills her top goal: protecting funding for the children of Bay and Midland Counties.
Rep. Annette Glenn, appeared Wednesday to have broken a year-long partisan log jam between competing versions of Democratic and Republican legislation to strengthen protections for state employee whistleblowers who report misuse of state funds, violations of state law, or other official misconduct by the state agencies for whom they work.
Rep. Glenn talks about breaking a year-long partisan log jam between competing versions of Democratic and Republican legislation to strengthen protections for state employee whistleblowers who report misuse of state funds, violations of state law, or other official misconduct by the state agencies for whom they work.