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Education committee hears from parents fed up with virtual learning

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on Tuesday heard from Michigan parents and educational experts about the negative impact virtual learning is having on K-12 students in the state.

“Three years into this pandemic and it is a fact that forced virtual learning has seriously damaged our children, both their academic achievement and their mental health and wellbeing,” said Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, who chairs the committee. “We hear it from educational experts, health care professionals, parents and from students themselves. We can no longer be beholden to state bureaucrats and teachers’ unions, who are seemingly only looking out for themselves and not our kids. The fact that the Michigan Department of Education has found a way around needing children to be in person to receive foundation allowance payments for these kids adds insult to injury.

“Our education system is in crisis. Our students are falling behind. We simply must prioritize our children’s education and do all we can to get them back into their classrooms full-time. I strongly encourage all parents to contact their teachers, principals, superintendents, boards of education, lawmakers and the governor and make their voices heard — Michigan parents want their children back in school.”

For a directory of Michigan’s school districts, visit this website.

To contact the Michigan Department of Education, visit this website or call 833-633-5788.

To find your lawmaker, visit this website.

To contact the governor, call 517-335-7858.

People wishing to watch an archived broadcast of the committee hearing, visit this website.

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