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.” …


The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education today released the following statement from Executive Director Robert McCann in response to proposed substitute language for House Bills 5910–5913 expected to be rushed through the House of Representatives following the package’s passage from the House Education Committee today.

“School leaders in Southeast Michigan will continue to stand ready to inform and support any effort to help our students during this unprecedented emergency. …


On behalf of the Superintendents of 81 districts in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties, the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education today released the following statement in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the centuries of systemic injustices that have led to the present national dialogue on race in America.

“As educators, we have spent the past two weeks in our communities to listen, to help and to join with countless others in speaking out against the systemic racism that remains a part of our culture.

The schools of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties have no tolerance for racist behavior in speech or in action, and we are devastated by the continued injustices against Black Americans around the country. We grieve for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others whose lives have been taken senselessly by a system that failed to protect them. These actions are the result of systemic racism that we must confront and acknowledge in our schools, our communities and in our legal system. We see the results of these systemic shortfalls every day as they impact our students when they come to us in school. …


Following the meeting of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference today, educators had a very clear message for state lawmakers: “We’ve supported our communities throughout this crisis, now it’s time for you to support us.”

The report from today’s conference estimates a $1.25 billion hit to the existing year’s School Aid Fund, money that’s largely already been spent as the academic year soon comes to an end, and $1.1 …


Leaders from the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education (TCA) today said that Governor Whitmer’s decision to order school buildings to remain closed for the remainder of the school year will be challenging for students and educators, but is ultimately the right decision for the health and safety of Michigan’s students.

“Keeping kids out of crowded classrooms during this pandemic keeps them safe, and, while that decision creates significant challenges for us as educators, it’s unquestionably the right thing to do. We appreciate and support the Governor in making this difficult decision,” said Kenneth Gutman, Superintendent of Walled Lake Schools. …


Michigan’s House Republicans today rolled out a new plan to pay for the state’s road repairs, which, as it turns out, is the same as the plan they rolled out last year that diverts additional money away from public schools that are already facing a critical funding crisis.

“Educators have insisted it’s long past time to stop raiding the School Aid Fund to pay for other priorities. Instead, the House Leadership is rolling out their plan once again that creates a long-term & significant structural problem in Michigan’s public education finances,” said Mark Greathead, TCA President & Superintendent of Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools. “Lawmakers have repeatedly broken the promise to Michigan’s voters by diverting money out of the School Aid Fund. …


In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget presentation this morning, educators from the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education are calling it a welcomed path forward that will better support the needs of students and classrooms across Michigan.

“Governor Whitmer clearly recognizes that the school aid budget isn’t just another line on a balance sheet, it’s an investment in our students and our future,” said Kenneth Gutman, Superintendent of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. …


The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education (TCA) has awarded Congresswoman Debbie Dingell with its 2020 Champion for Students Award, honoring her service and commitment to supporting Michigan’s public schools & students.

“Congresswoman Dingell has been a lifelong advocate for our students and a tremendous partner to educators,” said Mark Greathead, TCA President & Superintendent of Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools. …

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