State Rep. Sarah Lightner said schools in the communities she serves in Eaton, Jackson and Lenawee counties are in line to receive significant increases in per-pupil funding for the 2021-22 school year.
Lightner, of Springport, said the governor today signed the K-12 school budget approved by the Legislature, which invests more in every student while fully eliminating the funding gap between districts that previously shortchanged local schools.
“This past year has been so incredibly difficult on our kids,” Lightner said. “We’re making sure our local schools have the resources they need to help students who have fallen behind and get kids back in the classroom.”
The measure signed today provides an additional $589 per student (up 7 percent) for districts currently at the minimum foundation allowance – including every single district Lightner serves. 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:
- Charlotte Public Schools, $1,457,545
- Eaton Rapids Public Schools, $1,209,647
- Olivet Community Schools, $727,733
- Western School District, $1,668,443
- Vandercook Lake Public Schools, $381,949
- Columbia School District, $900,781
- Grass Lake Community Schools, $788,712
- Concord Community Schools, $352,405
- East Jackson Community Schools, $446,397
- Hanover-Horton Schools, $651,664
- Michigan Center School District, $749,155
- Napoleon Community Schools, $742,258
- Northwest Community Schools, $2,129,194
- Springport Public Schools, $595,874
- Jackson Public Schools, $2,661,909
- Jackson Prep & Early College, $168,701
- Onsted Community Schools, $758,025
Additionally, Lightner recently voted to allocate roughly $4.4 billion in federal COVID relief funding to Michigan schools – including nearly $75 million for schools in the communities she serves. These resources can be used to help with things such as catching up on lost learning, boosting mental health programs, improving building ventilation systems and other federally approved purposes.
So far, COVID relief funding for schools in the communities Lightner serves totals:
- Charlotte Public Schools, $4,049,271
- Eaton Rapids Public Schools, $3,613,181
- Olivet Community Schools, $1,991,388
- Western School District, $4,743,592
- Vandercook Lake Public Schools, $2,876,426
- Columbia School District, $2,410,851
- Grass Lake Community Schools, $1,729,984
- Concord Community Schools, $1,080,062
- East Jackson Community Schools, $3,635,399
- Hanover-Horton Schools, $1,628,622
- Michigan Center School District, $2,841,528
- Napoleon Community Schools, $2,049,114
- Northwest Community Schools, $6,284,498
- Springport Public Schools, $2,012,632
- Jackson Public Schools, $34,781,281
- Jackson Prep & Early College, $590,511
- Onsted Community Schools, $1,971,235
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee in support of her plan to prevent private special interest groups from having undue influence on Michigan elections.
“The measure approved by the House is a solid compromise that provides both certainty for private property owners across the state and flexibility for local municipalities that deserve to have some control over the planning and zoning of their communities.