ALPENA, Mich. — As school districts begin outlining their instructional plans for the fall semester, the Michigan Education Association is giving a failing grade to House Republicans. At issue is the House passage of HBs 5910-5193 that would allow school districts to outsource virtual education.
MEA President Paula Herbart said they are strongly opposed to the proposals and are calling on lawmakers to instead focus their energy on providing adequate funding for schools this fall.
“We don’t want someone from a virtual company that may not have the credentials that are required under the Michigan certification process. That’s critical,” said Herbart. “We need to ensure that our students are getting exactly what they deserve.”
Herbart says the MEA is not opposed to virtual learning. They believe school curriculum should however be developed using the expertise from educators hired in their respective districts.
The House proposals are now being reviewed by the Michigan Senate.