Legislature Passes School Aid Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The plan boosts Michigan's per-pupil funding to districts by at least $50 next fiscal year. The lowest-funded districts will get $175 more per student to help reduce a funding disparity.

A budget bill that spends about 4 percent more on public education has won approval in the Michigan Legislature and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Republican-led House voted 60-50 late Wednesday for legislation funding K-12 schools, universities and community colleges. The Senate approved it 21-17.
The plan boosts Michigan's per-pupil funding to districts by at least $50 next fiscal year. The lowest-funded districts will get $175 more per student to help reduce a funding disparity.
Legislators opposed to the bill say the $50 per-pupil minimum increase is too little because districts are already required to contribute $66 per-pupil into the school employees retirement fund.
The legislation includes a nearly 6 percent overall funding hike for 15 public universities and 3 percent more for 28 community colleges. The Legislature plans to approve the other main general budget bill Thursday before breaking for the summer.


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