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Poll Question: Michiganders Overwhelmingly Support Tutoring Grant Program

Mar 24, 2022 by AFP

Strong bipartisan support shows education remains top issue 

LANSING, Mich. – Americans for Prosperity-Michigan released a poll question today that showed strong bipartisan support for using federal COVID relief funds to create a grant program that would offer direct financial help to students who have struggled to keep up academically the past two years. Rep. Julie Alexander and Sen. John Bizon have sponsored legislation, HB 5859 and SB 925, that would help create the “tutoring dollars for kids” program.

Other key takeaways from the question include:

  • 73 percent voiced support for “providing families of K-12 students with up to $1500 per child for tutoring or other education services to address the learning loss from pandemic-related disruptions.”
  • Eight out of 10 self-identified Democratic voters said they supported such a program.
  • In metro-Detroit, support was the strongest, with 88 percent of people in the City of Detroit saying they liked the idea.

“These poll results clearly show that parents aren’t thinking about education in terms of partisan politics or us versus them,” said Annie Patnaude, state director for Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “Parents are looking for bottom-up solutions that empower their child to recover both inside and outside the classroom. We urge elected representatives across Michigan to get tutoring dollars to kids sooner rather than later.”

The question was commissioned by Americans for Prosperity-Michigan as part of Marketing Resource Group’s broader survey of 601 likely voters fielded March 14th – March 17th, 2022.

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