Legislature approves K-12 budget, eliminates school funding gap
State Rep. Phil Green and the Legislature this week approved a school funding plan with record-high investments in K-12 students.
Green, of Millington, said the plan invests more in every student while finally and fully eliminating the funding gap between districts that shortchanged many local schools.
“I fought hard for this to make sure the kids in our communities are no longer shortchanged by the state when it comes to their education,” Green said. “The education of our children and their future success will always be my priority.”
The plan, which received overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators, dedicates $17 billion to the school aid fund – up nearly 10 percent overall from the current year. All Michigan schools will receive $8,700 per student.
This provides an additional $589 per student (up 7 percent) for districts currently at the minimum foundation allowance – including every single school district in Tuscola County and most in Huron County. Districts in other areas of the state that were already at the maximum foundation allowance will receive an additional $171 per student (up 2 percent).
Based on student enrollment, local districts are estimated to receive the following increases:
- Bad Axe Public Schools, $483,434
- Caseville Public Schools, $105,877
- Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools, $570,323
- Harbor Beach Community Schools, $274,863
- North Huron School District, $145,305
- Owendale-Gagetown Area School District, $93,698
- Ubly Community Schools, $346,444
- Akron-Fairgrove Schools, $208,848
- Caro Community Schools, $874,400
- Cass City Public Schools, $538,146
- Kingston Community School District, $336,855
- Mayville Community School District, $325,717
- Millington Community Schools, $632,945
- Reese Public Schools, $445,325
- Unionville-Sebewaing Area School District, $379,422
- Vassar Public Schools, $581,596
The K-12 funding plan now advances to the governor for her expected signature.
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