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Return to School Advisory Council

The Return to Learn Advisory Council will recommend actions to remove statutory and administrative barriers to delivering education before Phase 6 of the MI Safe Start Plan and help develop and improve systems for academic support for students who experienced learning loss during the Spring/Summer 2020. The Council must report regularly to the COVID-19 Task Force on Education on its activities and make recommendations on an ongoing basis.


Executive Order 2020-88


Tonya Allen, Franklin, Chair

Angela M. Blood Starr, Kalamazoo

Nicole Britten, Saint Joseph

Johanna L. Clark, Frankenmuth

Mary R. Gebara, Okemos

Dominic A. Gonzales, Lincoln Park

David Hecker, Ph.D., Huntington Woods

Paula J. Herbart, Lansing

Melissa Isaac, Mount Pleasant

Elizabeth S. Koschmann, Ph.D., Ann Arbor

Stephen McNew, Ed.D., Monroe

Vic Michaels, Detroit

Justin S. Michalak, Grosse Pointe Woods

Nicholas J. Paradiso III, Grand Rapids

Lisa M. Peacock, Traverse City

Kevin Polston, Grand Haven

Gwendolyn R. Reyes, M.D., Grand Blanc

Robert Shaner, Ph.D., Shelby Township 

Anupam Chugh Sidhu, Canton

Travis Smith, Ed.D., Marquette

Joshua J. Smith, Jackson

Stephanie M. Sutton, Commerce Township

Gregory Talberg, Williamston

Ridgway H. White, Fenton

Kymberli A. Wreggelsworth, Onaway


Participating members:

State Senator Dayna Polehanki

State Senator Wayne Schmidt

State Representative Aaron Miller

State Representative Sheryl Kennedy