Democratic state lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday increasing school funding. It would raise the minimum per-pupil funding by nearly 50 percent.
The superintendents of Lansing and Okemos schools were there, and said students will suffer if funding cuts continue.
"Very similar to Lansing, we too have closed elementary schools through the years," said Okemos Superintendent Catherine Ash. "We too have reached concessions with employee groups. We too have reconfigured. There is nowhere to go that won't impact the education that our children receive if further cuts are necessary."
Ash says Okemos is one of more than 100 districts working with tens of thousands of dollars less this year than last.