Michigan Schools’ Coronavirus Funding Tied to 20-Hours of in-Person Learning
Hundreds of Michigan schools had to start offering at least 20 hours of in-person instructions to receive their emergency pandemic funding.
School districts have to provide at least 20 hours of weekly face-to-face learning to receive at least $450 per student. About 206 districts with higher numbers or percentages of children from middle-class and wealthy families had two weeks to alter their schedule.
Districts that did not comply will receive smaller shares of federal coronavirus aid than districts with poorer students.
The Republican-led legislature added the 20-hour provision when it allocated $136 million in state money for coronavirus relief.
Gov. Whitmer signed it into law.
Much of the federal aid is in limbo because lawmakers tied it to a bill that would have ceded the state’s epidemic powers to close schools and prohibit sports solely to local health departments.
The governor vetoed the legislation.