Michigan’s $ 500 Classroom Heroes Grants Expanded to Include More Teachers
The grants are intended to reimburse teachers for additional time and costs incurred while teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“MI Classroom Heroes’ COVID-19 grants are just a small testament to our gratitude to educators for going above and beyond during the pandemic,” Whitmer said in a press release.
“When COVID-19 hit, teachers worked around the clock to move quickly from face-to-face to distance education to ensure their students could continue to learn. It is simply the right thing to do to extend these grants to include all teachers in specific programs across the state. “
The grant is available to full-time and part-time teachers for these programs in public schools and private non-profit schools. Teachers must have taught at least 75% of their workload in person in the 2019-2020 school year before moving to distance learning.
Michigan Department of Education deputy superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht said the expansion to include Great Start Readiness program staff was recognition of their important work.
“These educators are committed to helping our very first learners develop the social, emotional and academic skills that will help them prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten. We appreciate that they are recognized for the heroes that they are. “
The latest round of grants is funded by a $ 2.5 million vote approved by the Legislature late last year. The State Department of the Treasury plans to distribute the funds in June.
The first wave of grants was distributed to more than 138,000 teachers and school staff last month, part of $ 51 million in support to teachers and support staff.
More information about the grant program is available here.
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