By LAURA BOHANNON
Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan’s school districts face a constant supply problem caused by lack of funds, but advocates and state agencies are working to fill the gaps. “We have situations where we don’t even have textbooks, where we’re having to utilize those free materials that are available for students,” said John Helmholdt, executive director of communications and external affairs for Grand Rapids Public Schools. “Or if we have textbooks, they’re more than 10 years old. “It’s a challenge for the teachers in preparing to do the instruction, it’s a challenge for the students who are expected to complete the tests and do the homework. It overall has a dramatic impact on…everyday teaching and learning.”
Grand Rapids’ problem is common throughout the state, said Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook.