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Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen

Lansing capitol
Posted at 5:22 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 05:22:45-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are proposing a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining “attendance” to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead.

The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance-learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures.

Teachers would each get a $500 bonus. Uncertainty remains on whether schools may still face cuts.