Levin Statement on Michigan Schools Reopening

June 17, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement in reaction to Governor Whitmer’s announcement that Michigan schools will reopen this fall:

“As our great state continues its work to turn the tide of this pandemic, my colleagues and I in the House are working every single day to ensure that educators have the resources they need to meet the challenges of this moment safely and successfully. The Trump Administration, on the other hand, seems content to let students and their teachers go it alone, proposing funneling money away from the school districts and students most impacted by COVID-19 to private schools. Secretary DeVos claims, ‘All students are impacted by COVID-19, and so all students deserve funding.’ That’s like yelling ‘All Lives Matter!’ in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. As we look to reopen schools in the fall, let us proclaim once and for all that black students matter, and that we will stop the Secretary’s dangerous agenda to further exacerbate systemic racism and the achievement gap in America.”  

Watch Rep. Andy Levin discuss this topic with Rebecca Pringle, Vice President of the National Education Association during a committee hearing this week.