By DeJanay Booth

(CBS DETROIT) — There’s a new plan in Michigan to get students caught up on learning after the pandemic took a toll on education.

On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed the “MI Kids Back on Track” plan, which would expand tutoring and other learning supports in the state.

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“The MI Kids Back on Track program would double down on tackling unfinished learning by investing in what our kids need most,” Whitmer said in a statement. “For lots of kids, this means extra personalized instruction, like tutoring, which is a critical tool for parents to help their kids get caught up and on the right track after a tough few years. In a tutoring setting, students get help from a caring, qualified adult who is focused on their specific learning challenges.”

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Officials say the proposed plan would invest $280 million of Michigan’s $3 billion in additional revenue to address “unfinished learning after a tough few years with tutoring or other forms of personalized instruction before, after, or during school.”

Michiganders who want to join the effort can sign up here.

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“Whether you’re a third grader learning about the solar system, a 6th grader getting better at fractions, or a junior sharpening persuasive writing skills—tutoring makes a difference,” Whitmer said.If we get this done, we can offer every student in Michigan—all 1.4 million of them—extra help with a qualified tutor. But tutoring programs only work if we have tutors. I am calling on my fellow Michiganders who want to see our kids succeed to join the effort to get our kids back on track.”

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