Genesee, St. Clair Counties Join Newly Expanded Education Group

The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education announced today that as part of an expansion that has grown the organization beyond Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, it has rebranded as The K-12 Alliance of Michigan to better represent the organization’s membership and mission going forward.

The group, which now also includes the school districts within Genesee and St. …

LANSING — As schools across Michigan begin to reopen with a mix of in-person and remote learning, educators from the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education sent a message to lawmakers today making it clear that schools cannot successfully implement their learning plans without a budget being passed quickly that allocates every available resource to our classrooms. Educators noted such a budget must also reflect the uncertain nature of K-12 education this year.

“Michigan’s school leaders have been tasked with doing the impossible over the summer: planning for a successful school year during a health pandemic with no answers from lawmakers on how much money is being budgeted for the school year and little guidance on how schools can keep students and staff safe,” said Mark Greathead, Superintendent of Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools and TCA President. “To address these uncertainties schools are now faced with, we need our lawmakers to step up immediately and pass a budget that not only provides Michigan’s schools with the resources necessary to reopen, but recognizes the unusual circumstances in which K-12 learning will take place this year and target those resources where they’re needed most.” …

School leaders from the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education today emphasized the crisis schools are facing with just weeks remaining before the first day of school. During a “State of Michigan Schools” roundtable, the group discussed the impact the lack of funding certainty is having on schools as they have worked through reopening plans, while calling on state legislators to fill the budget shortfall. Participants included Macomb ISD Superintendent Michael DeVault, Wayne RESA Superintendent Dr. Randy Liepa, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner and TCA Executive Director Robert McCann.

“As we plan for the 2020–21 school year, superintendents across the state are working diligently to provide our students with the best possible learning options for the fall, given the uncertainties of the current environment,” said Rochester Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner. “No matter how good those plans are, school districts are facing an uphill battle, not just because of the uncertain nature of this virus, but because of the funding shortfalls that make it difficult to meet the challenges associated with returning our students and staff to school safely.” …


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