Middle Cities Education Association joins State Board of Education in urging Federal and State action to support vital role of Michigan schools during pandemic

May 12, 2020

LANSING – The Middle Cities Education Association is joining the State Board of Education’s efforts to advocate for state and federal action that helps school districts continue providing critical support to communities, families and students during the COVID-19 crisis.


“Schools across Michigan have responded swiftly and proactively to help keep our communities connected during this crisis,” said Dr. Dan Applegate, Superintendent of the Niles Community Schools and President of the Middle Cities Education Association (MCEA) Board of Directors. “We’ve done whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of our students and families and make sure kids can keep learning. We’ll get through this together, but we need help from Lansing and Washington so we can continue to be there for our communities.”


“Middle Cities school districts are meeting unprecedented challenges -- providing technology, food, connectivity, lesson plans and on-line learning for tens of thousands of students and their families everyday,” said Ray Telman, Executive Director of the MCEA. “Educators, support staff and administrators have been working around the clock so they can be there for their students and families, but that level of commitment and dedication has also incurred additional unanticipated expenses, and our school districts need help to sustain that critical level of support for their communities. That’s why we are joining with the State Board of Education in advocating for a state and federal effort that provides the funding and flexibility for our school districts and educators so they can keep serving the people who need them during this crisis.”




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