Theis to hold hearings on impact of COVID-19 in education, seeks public input with new survey

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis on Monday announced the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee will begin a series of hearings in the coming weeks to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s education system.

“COVID-19, and the state’s response to the virus, have disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, not the least of which being the education of our children,” said Theis, R-Brighton, who chairs the committee. “We are now nearly a year into this disruption, and we need to get a better sense of how the changes to our educational system are affecting our students and parents. Gathering their first-hand accounts, feedback and recommendations will help lawmakers evaluate where we are one year on and help identify what we might need to improve or adjust to ensure Michigan’s children are receiving the quality education they deserve.”

To coincide with the hearings, Theis also announced on Monday a new survey on her website, seeking input and feedback from Michigan parents, teachers, and students that will help inform and guide the committee’s work. The survey seeks to ascertain how school districts have responded to the coronavirus in terms of in-person versus remote learning; how effective remote learning has been or not been in student development; and how informed and involved parents have been in school districts’ decision-making, among other questions.

Theis encouraged all parents of pre-K through 12th grade students, teachers and students in Michigan to complete the survey at SenatorLanaTheis.com/education-survey/.

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