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House passes Return to Learn trio of bills

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 16:58:42-04

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) -The Michigan House of Representatives passed all three bills approving the Return to Learn plan this afternoon. Those bills will now be sent to Governor Whitmer to be signed.

The senate version of the Return to learn plan passed on Saturday.

Under this plan, school districts must develop health and safety guidelines in order for in-person learning to occur. The guidelines must take into account local data and be developed in partnership with local county health departments.

Rep. Triston Cole (R) said, “The bills are a good compromise. Working with the administration, working with both the house and senate, Democrats and Republicans, everywhere in between. Perfection is very difficult in politics but this was as close as we could get to have a bipartisan deal.”

The plan also gives school districts a flexibility to determine how many days of mandatory instructional days and hours, so long as they add up to a full year of instruction.