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Lansing, Michigan—Yesterday, Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives voted down a measure to provide grants of $1500 to Michigan students to address pandemic learning loss.
The party line vote surprised many, as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has voiced support for providing extra tutoring for Michigan’s underserved students.
Americans for Prosperity Michigan State Director Annie Patnaude issued a statement the day after the failed vote:
“Addressing pandemic-related learning loss is a bipartisan concern for Michiganders. Despite overwhelming support for tutoring dollars, Gov. Whitmer’s own caucus has denied Michigan students the supplemental education they need to catch up and stay on-track. If Gov. Whitmer is serious about her support for Michigan students, she’ll encourage her party to work with Republicans to get this bill across the finish line. Anything less proves she’s only paying lip service to students’ educational needs after abusing her power during the pandemic.”