New Law: School Funding Tied To In-Person Instruction In Michigan

Mar 22, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan school districts have to offer at least 20 hours a week of in-person instruction to receive their entire $450 minimum per-student increase in pandemic funding.

 

F.C. Reed Middle School Principal John Truesdell shows the districts e-learning spreadsheet on the last day of classes before K-12 districts in Michigan shut down in March of 2020 over COVID-19 concerns.
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The provision began Monday. It affects 206, or 38%, of 537 traditional K-12 districts — those with higher numbers or percentages of children from middle-class and wealthy families. The districts are due to receive a smaller share of federal COVID-19 aid than districts with higher numbers or portions of poor students. The Legislature allocated state funding to ensure districts still get at least $450 more per pupil but added the 20-hour provision.