Superintendents Demand Reallocation of Education Funding in 2014-2015 K-12 Budget

The Lansing school district may be closing a school, and it's putting the blame squarely on Governor Rick Snyder.

The recently passed education budget only gave Lansing an increase of $50 a student, and because of retirement costs, it's actually losing money on the deal.

"I'm very proud to be the superintendent of the capitol of the state," Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of Lansing School District, said Tuesday morning. "I'm very proud, but not today. Today, I'm not so proud."

Canul along with five other superintendents from across the state took a stand against the governor saying policymakers haven't done enough for schools, and asking them to redo the budget to give more money to education funding.

"We anticipated a much different figure in terms of our allocation," Canul said. "Sometimes those things are very unpredictable, but really what I'm upset about is the inequity in the allocation distribution."

Lansing School District only received a fifty dollar increase per student, when legislators gave other districts one hundred seventy five dollars.

The superintendent says with the budget surplus the governor can afford to give a little more.

Governor Snyder said in a statement that the distribution is a win for schools.

"This year's budget increases the foundation grant by $175 per student for most districts. Schools also received a significant assist in covering their employee pensions and could also receive money for adopting best practices."

But Canul says without more money, Lansing School District's budget will be cut by about half a million dollars, which means cutting some programs or even closing a school.


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