Michigan State Board of Education Meeting - June 8th, 2021

Posted by Sherisse M. Butler on 6/28/2021 5:40:00 PM

Michigan State Board of Education Meeting - June 8th, 2021

The Michigan State Board of Education convened virtually on June 8th for their monthly meeting. All board members were in attendance. The Board heard testimony from Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan. In addition, members received informational presentations on proposed revised MI Out-of-School Time (MOST) standards, the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery, and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) state plan for 2022-24. 

 

Dr. Khaldun testimony highlights:

  • Since April 11th, Michigan has seen a consistent downward trend in case rates across all age groups. 
  • 59.7% of Michiganders aged 16+ have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
  • Over 8.4 million doses administered in Michigan. 
  • Fully vaccinated students who remain asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
  • Broad mask mandates in Michigan to be lifted on July 1st.

 

State Superintendent Rice provided his monthly report:

  • Detailed Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to expand pre-K to an additional 22,000 four-year-olds in Michigan through a $405 million expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) over the next three years. This expansion would be financed through a combination of state dollars and federal COVID-19 relief funds. 
  • Emphasized the importance of narrowing the digital divide in Michigan schools.
  • Almost all end-of-year assessments have been completed and submitted. However, the distribution of test completion rates is uneven across the state.
  • 65% of Michigan’s 6th & 7th graders took the M-STEP assessment.
  • Urges suspension of the A-F accountability system for this school year. 

 

MI Blueprint presentation:

  • District plans must be multi-year to support a comprehensive recovery for all students.
  • Investments in holistic student supports are needed:
    • Pediatricians
    • School nurses
    • Social workers
    • Regular opportunities for physical activity

 

In several comments, Board Members Snyder (R) and McMillin (R) expressed opposition to elements of the MI Blueprint they considered to be promoting “critical race theory.” Both members also lodged their opposition to COVID-19 restrictions during Dr. Khaldun’s testimony. 

Board President Ulbrich (D) expressed opposition to SB 218, banning transgender athletes in high school sports, during her report.