K-12 Alliance to Michigan House Republicans: Students Aren’t Political Pawns

The K-12 Alliance of Michigan today released the following statement from Executive Director Robert McCann in response to Michigan House Republicans’ “COVID-19 recovery plan,” which holds $2.1 billion in federal funding for schools hostage unless epidemic powers are taken away from Governor Whitmer.

“Congress worked tirelessly to pass COVID-19 relief funding for schools and intentionally left no discretion to the states on how it is to be used. The Michigan Legislature has only one job as it relates to this funding: allocate it. Holding critical school funding hostage as part of a political squabble goes beyond ugly partisan politics: it is immoral and fundamentally unacceptable. Students, teachers and staff have faced far too much during this pandemic to now have to worry about becoming pawns in a grossly miscalculated political stunt. House Republicans need to move aside and perform the simple task of allocating much-needed COVID relief funding to schools — many of which have already been offering in-person learning or will be soon — so that they can get to work on the recovery efforts of our students.”

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The K-12 Alliance of Michigan is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating over 580,000 students

The K-12 Alliance is the leading advocate for policies that support a stronger public education system in Michigan