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Senate education panel approves tutoring grants for families to address learning loss

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee earlier this week approved legislation to address student learning losses resulting from the Whitmer administration’s response to COVID-19 by providing up to $1,500 per child for tutoring and other educational needs.

“Over the past two years, the Whitmer administration’s response to COVID-19 has repeatedly compromised our children’s educational experience,” said committee chair Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, who supports Senate Bill 925. “School closures and forced virtual learning have set our kids back months, if not longer. These losses cannot be addressed entirely in the classroom. Our only hope for getting our kids back on track is to empower their parents to seek out the additional support they need, and this bill will help them get there.”

Under the plan, families would be able to spend grant money on tutoring, summer courses, and certain educational supplies. Grants would be open to all Michigan families, with priority given to students who are less fortunate.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.