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Gilchrist Visits Afterschool Program in Detroit to Highlight Tutoring Plan
June 09, 2022
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June 9, 2022
PHOTOS: Lt. Gov. Gilchrist II Visits Afterschool Program in Detroit, Highlights Administration’s Plan to Invest in Tutoring and Additional Supports for Students
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II toured an afterschool program in Detroit to discuss how Governor Whitmer’s proposed education budget, as well as the MI Kids Back on Track Program, will enhance learning supports for students and improve outcomes in Michigan’s schools.
“As a parent with kids in public school, I know how critical it is to partner with parents, get kids the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, and attract and retain the best educators,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “Governor Whitmer and I are committed to positioning young people in Michigan for success, which is why we proposed an historic education budget to boost per student funding, deliver bonuses to educators and staff, and keep students and staff safe. We will keep working hard to help educators and students tackle unfinished learning and connect with opportunity.”
"The COVID pandemic hit Detroit families hard, especially our children,” said Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison. “There is so much work to be done to bridge the learning and activity gaps that we are still seeing. Governor Whitmer’s Michigan Kids Back on Track program will bring the funding we need to help bring equitable and accessible help to children, no matter what zip code they live in."
“For the last 15 years, we have seen firsthand the power of out of school time programming and how it transforms students’ lives,” said Khali Sweeney, Founder and CEO of the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. “Since 2007, 100% of our DBG students have graduated from high school. This is not something that’s just ‘nice to have.’ Out of school time programs are absolutely essential to ensure students have a safe haven and the academic support and resources they need to succeed.”
“Across Michigan, there are thousands of afterschool programs that are working to bring opportunities to youth to learn, connect and grow,” said Erin Skene-Pratt, Executive Director of Michigan AfterSchool Partnership. “Unfortunately, there aren’t enough available spots to serve every child that wants to pursue afterschool and summer learning opportunities. For every child in a quality program like the one at Downtown Boxing Gym, there are four more waiting to get in. That’s why greater investment is so critical as part of this year’s state budget.”
Lt. Governor Gilchrist visited the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) on Detroit’s east side, which provides a free, out of school time program Monday through Friday all year round. More than 200 students, ages 8-18, participate. DBG provides continuing support to its graduates through age 25.
Governor Whitmer’s Education Investments
For three years straight, Governor Whitmer has worked across the aisle to make the largest education investments in Michigan history—without raising taxes. Since taking office, she’s tripled the number of literacy coaches and last year, she signed an education budget that closed the funding gap between schools, boosted per-student investment to an all-time high, and helped districts hire hundreds of on-campus mental health professionals.
The governor’s education budget proposal for this year, includes the highest per-student investment ever, $1 billion for school construction and renovation, funds to hire and retain 15,000 teachers, and more resources for on-campus mental health support.
The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration’s education accomplishments can be found at the following link here.
MI Kids Back on Track
Governor Whitmer’s MI Kids Back on Track plan would invest $280 million of Michigan’s $3 billion in additional revenue to tackle unfinished learning with tutoring or other forms of personalized instruction before, after, or during school. Michigan schools have already received federal resources from the American Rescue Plan specifically to address unfinished learning. MI Kids Back on Track would build on this funding with state resources to bolster tutoring programs. The plan will help schools process background checks for potential tutors and pay them.
Michiganders who want to join the effort can sign up at the following link here.