Gilchrist distributes eyeglasses to Lansing elementary students
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April 19, 2022
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PHOTOS: Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist ll Distributes eyeglasses to Lansing elementary students
LANSING, Mich. – Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II joined Vision To Learn today at Averill New Tech Elementary in Lansing distribute glasses to 35 students. Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free eye exams and glasses for students to succeed in school and in life..
“School-based health services like Vision To Learn are a powerful tool in providing students with the resources they need,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “By addressing common health issues like vision, dental, hearing, and mental health directly on campus, we can help students stay on the academic path and reach their full potential. Governor Whitmer and I are proud of the work Vision To Learn has done to support students, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference for children in Michigan.
Since taking office, Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist II have worked to expand opportunities and improve outcomes for Michigan children by making the largest investments in education in history. of the state, without raising taxes. These historic investments ensure that our schools have the necessary funds to help every Michigander reach their full potential.
In 2019, Governor Whitmer signed a historic School Support Fund budget to triple the number of literacy coaches in schools.
In 2020, Governor Whitmer protected school funding, while including new investments in education focused on providing Michigan students, teachers, and adults with needed resources. The budget included $161 million in flexible per-student spending to help districts meet rising student education costs, $5.6 million for mental health counselors to help children in schools across the Michigan with mental health needs, $5 million in incentives to attract and retain first-year teachers, and a $5.7 million increase to continue funding literacy coaches and increase resources to improve training other educators on best practices in literacy learning.
In July 2021, Governor Whitmer’s education budget included $723 million to eliminate the gap between the minimum and maximum base allocation by setting the two at $8,700 per student, which other governors have attempted. to do for nearly 30 years.
In December 2021, Governor Whitmer signed an additional bill that invests nearly $1 billion in federal U.S. bailout funds into Michigan families, communities and small businesses. Investments made in schools include $150 million for COVID school testing to keep children safe and in-person learning and $10 million to support teacher recruitment, training, development and retention .
In February 2022, Governor Whitmer introduced her education budget proposal for fiscal year 2023, which would result in the largest increase in public funding for education in 20 years, without raising taxes. He would make groundbreaking investments in every student, in every district, fund $1 billion to build new schools, and create 40 school mental health clinics to serve 20,000 students, while offering bonuses to hire or retain teachers. hundreds of thousands of school staff. . Additionally, that same month, the Michigan Legislature passed an additional $1.2 billion bill investing federal resources to allow children to learn in person.
Learn about Governor Whitmer’s historic investments in children, schools and skills here.