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Michigan Teacher of The Year Worries About Returning To School

Owen Bondono, (He, Them) was named the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) making him the first Michigan transgender educator to receive that honor. The surprise announcement was made during a June virtual conference call.

And as wonderful as that news is it takes a backseat to fears about reopening schools during the pandemic.

As much as Bondono values one-on-one his interactions in the classroom he has become a leading voice in concerns doing so will accelerate the spread of COVID-19. He raised many eyebrows and hackles when he CBS 4 that ‘students could die’ if they return to classrooms in person.

The Bridge, a local non-profit news service reports that the state hasn’t released a coherent plan to protect children, school staff, their families, and communities.

The Republican-led House and Senate went home after a single legislator tested positive. While this was a wise decision it leaves the school’s 1.5 million students at risk.

Educators have until August 15 to submit a plan. But without a budget and required attendance Vis-à-vis in-person or virtual attendance they say that they are being set up for failure.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.
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