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MASB, MASA Issue Statement on Michigan Supreme Court's Decision to Deny Gov. Snyder's Request

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administrators released the following joint statement on the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision to deny Gov. Snyder’s request for an advisory opinion of Section 152b of 2016 PA 249, which gives public funding to private schools:

“We are extremely disappointed in the Court’s decision to deny the Governor’s request. It would have been logical and prudent for the Court to issue an opinion now, as we have just entered a new fiscal year. By not issuing an opinion, the Court has risked that this money will be spent on private institutions against Michigan’s Constitution. This denial will not change our position on this issue.

“The Michigan Constitution specifically bans public resources for direct or indirect aid to private, nondenominational or other nonpublic schools. We maintain that this piece of the budget is unconstitutional, and that public funds should go to public schools. Gov. Snyder himself acknowledged that there are legal questions surrounding this appropriation, and was looking into ways to address them. MASA and MASB will continue to do so, as well.” 

Contacts: 
MASB: John Tramontana, 517.327.5908, jtramontana@masb.org  
MASA: Cathy Bacile Cunningham, 517.327.9251, ccunningham@gomasa.org