LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has escalated her push to get all Michigan school districts to offer in-person instruction. She stopped short of demanding it during Wednesday’s press conference. She also did not issue an executive order, as she’s done with other sectors of the state for the past 11 months.

Whitmer called resuming classroom instruction “crucial” and said remote-only learning would hurt Michigan’s economy.

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On January 8th, Whitmer held a press conference and called for districts to provide an in-person learning option by March 1. However, since it’s not a requirement, and some large districts have resisted including Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.

Whitmer said 83% of Michigan’s more than 800 districts offer some in-person learning.