Governor Announces More Per Pupil Reductions

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

In a press conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, Governor Jennifer Granholm has announced schools will now be faced with an additional $127 reduction in per-pupil funding. That's already on top of the $165 per-pupil reductions in funding signed earlier this week.

In all, schools are now dealing with a $292 reduction in per-pupil funding for this current fiscal year which, for schools, started in July.

Schools that receive "20-J" funding, which is additional funds for certain wealthier districts, will be dealing with an even larger per-student reduction.

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  • by local on Oct 27, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Are all districts still being required to offer full day kindergarten next year? That is another state mandated program that costs much more than half day kindergarten, but there is no funding from the state to add the teachers and classrooms needed to meet this mandate.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    As long as Joel gets his money, and her husband's staff gets their money, why does it matter?
  • by What? Location: Mich on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    would some one please tell me where do we get TAX money from to fund schools and other important things.Don't any one know that jobs have left mi or closed and 0 are NOT coming in.If we tax THINGS and not peoples incomes would that be better.Or would many of us like our state tax refunds to be stopped.Government can do that.No upper government will take a pay cut.We know that so why suggest it.They give themselves raises NOT CUTS in pay.The gov needs a lot of things changed.Do you really think that will happen?If so get out of your dream world.To bring costs down so people can live is up to the greedy ones.Good luck.Utility co.loans and banks,home prices,food prices,and that list goes on.Instead of complaining tell ways to make all the things you want done possible.Things that will be changed.Not things we want changed.Modern day tea parties don't work.Start riots,you will be shot down.How did schools do anything before the government took over?Up to 11,000 per student.Is that needed??
  • by Tom Location: Haslett on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Are you kidding me with the state takeover comment? You do realize PUBLIC schools are and have always been RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT. I bet you love your medicare too, THAT IS RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT. I am also sure you love your military WHICH IS RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT. Take away roads, sewer, fire, police and you'll have no government. Just a 3rd world country.
  • by jon on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    Are we being set up for a government run school system?
  • by local on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    The lottery money that goes to schools reduces the general fund money that schools get. So yes, schools get lottery $$$, but then they take away that much from the general fund. If our state wants to recover, we MUST educate our kids!
  • by Sandi on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    You got to give the Governor credit, she will do ANYTHING to get a tax bill passed. But what about the people who would have to pay her higher taxes? Most of us with or without jobs are having to strugle as it is. Cost of everything went up but not the money to pay for it all. But the Governor thinks we are all in partnership with Uncle Sam and have little machines in the basement that turns out 20 dollar bills. I don't see her offering to take a pay cut, live someplace less expensive than the mansion but she wants the rest of us to pay through the nose. I don't think she should hurt the kids and their education to get what she wants. This is just more dirty politics.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    I agree with you ticked off take the money that goes to colleges and give it to schools but you know what it will never happen you know why because Granholm and college unions are best of buds this woman talks out the side of her mouth on one side she says that we need to fund schools and yet the frist thing that is cut is funding to schools what needs to be cut are politicians that are sucking the life out of this State so what do you do wine and say that theres nothing that we can do or do we in this State say we have had it and get rid of these popol that spend money for a building like the new MSP HQ or popol that fund the coruption in Detroit while laying of 100 MSP troopers what are you going to do and where are all the pepol that supported Granholm in the last two elections Ive said it before Granholm is the worst Gov. that this State has ever seen the proof is right before your eyes
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    If people are upset about reductions with the school fund than they should buy Michigan products! It's simple the more people who work in Michigan the more tax money they have. Business's is not growing in other States the money is going overseas! You can complain all you want and find all kind of reasons why the jobless rate is so high. But bottom line is this if who care about Michigan buy Michigan products! Everybody should make some kind of effort.
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    $52 million from the kids education. $52 million to the pocket of Joel Ferugson for the MSP HQ.
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