No official announcement yet
LOOKS LIKE MICHIGAN’S K-12 public and private schools may be closing for the rest of the school year.
That’s according to Bridge Magazine, the state’s non-partisan, nonprofit news organization which is a highly regarded and highly reliable source of news about Michigan.
The article states that Governor Whitmer is expected to sign an executive order in the coming days to close the schools. The sources for the article are “several people directly involved in the drafting of the order or who have been informed of its contours.”
Details are still being finalized, according to the article.
But they’d likely include:
Closing the school buildings for the rest of the school year
Providing remote learning for the students
Allowing seniors to graduate if they were on pace to graduate
Other students would advance to the next grade in the fall
Schools would still get full state funding
Schools would continue to pay their employees if they get the state funding
Bridge reports that a spokesperson for the governor declined to confirm the order on Monday, but conceded the Governor was “reviewing the issue.”
Late Monday, after Bridge published the article, Whitmer’s communications director criticized Bridge on Twitter for “sloppy reporting” saying it contained some inaccuracies and that no final decisions have been made. He didn’t outright deny that an executive order was coming.
Not only that, but on Friday, during a radio interview, Whitmer said it was “very unlikely” that students would return to school this year.
You can read the full Bridge article here.