LANSING, Mich., June 23, 2022 — State Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) introduced House Bill 6279 to address student learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation establishes a plan to help students catch up and get on track for long-term success.
“Students continue to experience the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic due to lost time with teachers. Since the spring of 2020, there has been a huge disruption in learning for many kids in our state, and too many have fallen behind in school. Michigan students and educators need a hand to help them catch up,” said Haadsma. “This legislation will boost the learning recovery process already underway by giving students the resources and support they need to bounce back from what has been an extremely difficult time. Michigan kids are our future and they deserve our best effort to help them succeed.”
HB 6279 builds on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “MI Kids Back on Track” tutoring plan. The governor’s proposal would invest $280 million to tackle learning disruptions caused by COVID with tutoring and personalized instruction before, after or during school.