LANSING, MI—In her 2021 State of the State address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer this evening shared her plans for helping all Michigan students receive the learning supports they need.

Launch Michigan, a statewide K–12 partnership consisting of education, business, parent, philanthropic and civic leaders, issued the following statement:

“Launch Michigan and its members are fully united behind approaches that offer our state’s students a fairer state funding formula,” said Launch Michigan president Adam Zemke. “We support the Governor’s plans to incorporate weighted funding into our state’s School Aid budget this year, so students that need higher levels of learning intervention aren’t left behind. This is an incredible innovation and one that is long overdue.

“We also are encouraged to learn of the Governor’s intention to ensure all students can go back to school safely. We are excited about the possibility of working together to ensure COVID-induced learning losses are addressed, especially during the coming summer and early fall.”