Poll: Opposition To Combining School Budgets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Poll: Most voters oppose combining school funding.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Ashley King works on a drafting exercise on technology in the classroom during Cathy Seguin’s language arts class at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. The exercise is in preparation for the upcoming state writing assessment that all eighth-graders must take. Last year, Osborne Middle had the highest writing scores on the assessment.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A majority of Michigan voters questioned in a recent poll oppose a proposal to combine the state's kindergarten through 12th grade budget with allocations for community colleges.
Sixty-eight percent of 600 people surveyed in the Lansing-based EPIC-MRA poll released Friday say they are against the proposal, while 14 percent say they favor it. Eighteen percent say they are undecided.
The poll was conducted Feb. 12 through Feb. 17 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Combining the revenue might make it easier to fund community colleges, but also could decrease per-pupil funding for K-12 students.
Seventy-four percent of those surveyed also say they oppose a proposal to combine higher education budget costs with kindergarten through 12 grade and community college costs.

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