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Blueprint for Student Recovery Offers Strategies for Post-Pandemic Progress

LANSING – The state’s Student Recovery Advisory Council of Michigan’s report MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery provides key strategies for school districts and policymakers to help Michigan’s children begin to rebound after the brutal challenges to their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2021-02, to create the Student Recovery Advisory Council of Michigan. She tasked the advisory council with creating guidance that helps local school leaders and educators build comprehensive, evidence-based, and equity-driven local recovery plans to help emerge from the pandemic.

“It’s going to take substantial work and resources for school districts, educators, students, and their families to begin rebuilding on the academic successes achieved by educators and students prior to the pandemic,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “The governor’s advisory council focused on several opportunities to make progress in Michigan schools. Thanks to the council for its work on producing this useful report.”

Four of the report’s recommendations directly tie to three goals of the state’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan that was adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2020 – expand early childhood learning opportunities; increase the numbers of certified teachers in areas of shortage; and provide adequate and equitable school funding.


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