West Michigan schools plan to address learning loss with state funds

The Michigan Department of Education is giving local education agencies the opportunity to apply for funding to address learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Districts must apply for the funding by Nov. 30. Districts were required to present their proposals at a public meeting on or before Oct. 30. Plans must outline how districts plan to use the funding and how they will measure the effects on students. 

Students at Ionia High School sit in class Friday, April 22, 2022.

Section 98c appropriates roughly $52 million in federal funding to address learning loss. Funds will be distributed on a per pupil basis. 

With an application deadline of Nov. 30, but a requirement to have plans in place before then, districts can’t be sure how much funding they’ll receive from the grant. If every district in the state were to apply, funding would amount to around $35 per student. 

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