Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, Michigan is home to roughly 600 local boards of education that work to enrich the lives of Michigan’s students and directly influence instruction in Michigan’s public schools; and,
WHEREAS, Article VIII Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 states that the Legislature shall maintain and support a system of free public elementary and secondary schools, and every school district shall provide for the education of its pupils without discrimination as to religion, creed, race, color or national origin; and,
WHEREAS, local school board members are exceptional individuals who have committed themselves to this duty by governing school districts and advancing student achievement in the schools and communities in which they serve; and,
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed new challenges in education, and school board members have worked tirelessly to implement innovative and effective solutions to ensure our students have the resources and support they need to learn and engage with their teachers and peers on digital platforms; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Department of Education, local school districts, and community organizations to recognize and raise awareness of the countless efforts and contributions of local school boards and school board members throughout Michigan; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 2021 as School Board Recognition Month in Michigan.