A new technology program will give all Michigan sixth graders a laptop computer. But with this increased funding towards technology, other educational programs may be losing out.
The state will reduce funding to adult education programs by about $57 million for the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. Michigan Department of Education officials say without knowledge of computers, choices for students down the road will be limited.
Officials from the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education say there is a real need for these services. Last year it was able to serve 110,000 people, but with cuts that could be reduced to 26,000.
The new Freedom to Learn program will use $20 million from the state and $16 million from the federal government.