Michigan – Parent Council Application Deadline

Whitmer Highlights Michigan Parent Council Final Application Deadline

The Parent Council of Michigan will center the parent perspective in the policy development process and formalize how parent recommendations are included in education policy decisions

LANSING, Michigan – Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer reminded Michigan parents and family members to submit applications to join the new Michigan Parent Council by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 8. The governor created the Michigan Parent Council to focus parent perspective ahead of the 2022-23 school year. Joining the council provides parents and family members with a space to have their voices heard on state-level education issues in Michigan, including next year’s budget.

“Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and their perspective is critical to ensuring the success of the 2022-2023 school year,” Governor Whitmer said. “As a mom, I was proud to establish the Parent Council of Michigan last month. Parents will be a key ally as we help our children continue to learn in person, address unfinished learning, and get back on track to pursue their potential. I look forward to working closely with the Michigan Parent Council and encourage anyone who is invested in our children’s success to apply before the application deadline. Monday.

Please consider applying by 5:00 p.m. on August 8 if you are:

  • A parent or family member with children enrolled in early learning, elementary, middle school, and/or high school programs
  • A parent or family member with students who have an Individual Education Plan or Individual Service Plan, who speak English as a second language, or who are in foster care or foster care.

Michigan parents and family members interested in an appointment can apply at www.michigan.gov/Whitmer/Appointments. Click “Apply Now” and select “Michigan Parent Council” when prompted in the application. Applications must be sent before 5:00 p.m. on Monday August 8th.

Michigan Parent Council

Structure

Seven parents or family members appointed by the governor will lead the council and convene regional roundtables with families across Michigan to get as many voices heard as possible. Nominees must have children enrolled in PreK-12 and represent a variety of student experiences, including special education, ESL students, and foster or foster students. The board will also include the K-12 Governor’s Policy Advisor and a designated representative of the Michigan Department of Education’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Responsibilities

The council will convene roundtables of parents and family members across Michigan to strengthen partnerships between parents and schools. They will share inputs from the roundtables directly with the Governor’s team and the State Superintendent. The council will submit a report to the governor highlighting the main themes of the roundtables and summarizing the proposals to be included in the governor’s budget recommendation by December 9, 2022.

The executive order establishing the Parent Council of Michigan can be viewed by clicking here.

Education budget investments for fiscal year 2023

The bipartisan education budget recently signed by Governor Whitmer focuses on six key areas: students, mental health, learning supports, student safety, school infrastructure and teacher recruitment.

1) Students

For our students, the highest per-student funding in Michigan history: $9,150 for every child, in every public school district. Additional support for Michigan’s nearly 200,000 special education students and 710,000 at-risk students. Increase funding for vocational and technical training programs by 27%.

2) Mental health

Dedicated mental health funds for every student in every school. Increase funding for adolescent centers, district mental health grants, and TRAILS, which provides training for school mental health professionals so they can better serve students with evidence-based services.

3) Recruitment of teachers

Funding for the MI Future Educator Scholarships, which pay up to $10,000 in tuition for 2,500 future Michigan educators per year, $9,600 in stipends per semester for trainee teachers, and Grow-Your-Own programs that help districts put support staff on free paths to become educators.

4) School infrastructure

$250 million for building and renovating schools, helping them build or renovate classrooms, labs and libraries.

5) Learning materials

An expansion of before and after school programs to keep children engaged. The budget provides every child in Michigan with tutoring to catch up and get on the path to long-term success, and resources for districts to develop learning modules for academically at-risk students and economically disadvantaged.

6) Student Safety

Dedicated school safety funds for every student in every school. Funding to hire more school resource officers on campus, create an at-risk student response system that brings together law enforcement, schools and mental health professionals, and establish a commission of school safety.

Governor Whitmer’s investments in education

For four straight years, Governor Whitmer has worked across the aisle to make the biggest investments in education in Michigan’s history, without raising taxes. Since taking office, the governor has tripled the number of literacy coaches and in the past year closed the funding gap between schools, increased state investment per student to a record high and helped districts to hire thousands of teachers on campus. mental health professionals.

The educational achievements of the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration can be found here.