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Educators to rally in Lansing demanding safe return for schools

Lansing Capitol
Posted at 6:53 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 12:07:09-04

LANSING, Mich. — Educators, bus drivers, and cafeteria staff are demanding for a safe, cohesive plan for all schools to abide by when returning to school this fall. They're also requesting more funding to protect communities.

The rally is being spearheaded by members from the Michigan Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (MI CORE), demanding state and federal officials take action in addressing COVID-19, the main concern is sending our children back to school as case numbers continue to rise.

The coalition has about 1,000 members with 8,000 participants on Facebook. they’ve voted on 5 key demands: that schools curtail re-opening until there’s a 14 day period without any new COVID cases. They’re demanding jobs not be outsourced to private companies that online learning is only temporary.

Requesting hazard pay for school staff, demanding appropriate mental and physical health specialists in every building, along with an adequate share of PPE for students and staff.