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Whitmer talks about school funding and safety in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Rockford on Friday, speaking to parents, teachers and administrators about the new school year and their expectations and concerns.

Many of those who attended expressed approval for Michigan’s largest school aid bill ever passed and the corresponding hike in increased per-student funding. Some spoke about the continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and how schools are still trying to catch up.

Another area of ​​concern was school safety. The governor said more attention needs to be paid to this.

“It’s high time we had a conversation about common sense ways to keep kids safe in our schools, keep our educators safe in our schools,” Whitmer said. “Yes, we have made a $250 million investment in infrastructure, school infrastructure, across Michigan. Notice, I proposed a billion dollar investment. $250 million is significant but I think we can and should do more and that includes looking at things like common sense gun safety measures like background checks and flag laws red and secure storage requirements.

The Governor visited schools across the state to talk about the funding bill she sign earlier this summer as well as listening to concerns.

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