Peters, Stabenow sponsor legislation to put more nurses in schools

After a task force found that Michigan ranked last in the ratio of school nurses to students, the state’s two U.S. senators are introducing legislation to allow schools and state agencies to apply for federal grants to hire more nurses.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan are joining Jon Tester of Montana and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, all Democrats, in the Nurse Act, which will make school districts eligible to apply for additional nurses based on the number of their students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals — an across-the-board indicator of poverty in districts.  Read More