By Ron French of Bridge Magazine

Nearly two-thirds of Michigan parents say they’re concerned about the negative impact school shutdowns are having on learning during the coronavirus crisis, according to a poll conducted by Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants.

But not concerned enough to support forcing their children to spend additional time in school when classrooms reopen. Only 34 percent of parents of K-12 students polled listed mandatory summer school or a longer school year as their top choice for mitigating academic damage caused by the pandemic school closures.

The poll, of 800 parents, also found families offering mixed reviews on the quality of remote learning being offered to students. And half of households surveyed lost income to spend time helping their children with homebound assignments.

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