Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature will propose a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan being unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining “attendance” to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead.

The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures. Frontline teachers would each get a $500 bonus.

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