WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Michigan officials invested $17 billion in education in the 2022 budget, but the need is far greater than that.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hosts listening sessions with educators across the state to get more information on how to improve the situation.
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Teachers and mental health providers told the governor there was a lot of need and not enough resources.
One of the teachers who attended Tuesday’s first session was Oxford High School and they asked for help.
Social studies teacher Lauren Jasinski said she had nearly 200 students in class, 50 for tutoring and her own family. She said she felt pulled in too many directions.
“If there’s something that can be done to preserve and protect and reduce class sizes, I think we can really trust the professionals to do what we know how to do,” Jasinski said.
Whitmer spoke at a press briefing after the listening session.
“Having smaller class sizes, more counselors in schools – are part of making sure our children get the kind of education we need and teachers get the kind of support they need to succeed” , Whitmer said.
The Michigan Democratic Party complicated matters for Whitmer in a Facebook post about schooling that he shared and deleted over the weekend.
Whitmer said she believes education should be collaborative between parents, school districts and the Department of Education.
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