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Governor Whitmer: DeVos Should Do Right by Our Kids, Waive High-Stakes Assessment Requirements
September 03, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2020
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos notified State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice that states will not receive any waivers to the federal requirement to administer statewide summative assessments for the 2020-2021 school year:
“From forcing high-stakes testing on our young children during a global pandemic to trying to strip dollars away from schools in need of critical funding, Betsy DeVos has proven time and again that she doesn’t share our priorities for protecting and improving public education. This virus has had an unprecedented impact on our kids, and forcing them to take these assessments during a time when families everywhere are working around the clock to stay safe is cruel. Betsy DeVos should do the right thing and waive these requirements for our kids. Students, educators, and families everywhere deserve leaders in Washington who will help them succeed. I will continue to work closely with districts and educators across the state to ensure our kids can get a great education as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic.”