Governor’s Proposed Budget Calls for Increases in Education Funding

Aaron Keel

By Aaron Keel, MASB Assistant Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Feb. 10, 2016

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder released his 2016-2017 budget recommendations to the Legislature, listing the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools as his top priorities.

For Flint, the Governor called for $195 million spread across several agencies to address the ongoing crisis, including funding for Early On, Great Start Readiness Program, Flint school nurses and social workers, as well as Genesee ISD staff augmentation and nutritional services. For Detroit Public Schools, the Governor’s budget reiterates his earlier plan for creating a new Detroit Community Schools district to educate the students and using the current DPS only to pay off the debt. He also specifically mentioned using tobacco settlement money to assist with the creation of the new district, pay off the current debt and hold the School Aid Fund harmless from the additional costs.

Overall, the $54.9 billion budget includes $10.2 billion in the General Fund and $12.5 billion for the School Aid Fund.

Specific highlights of the School Aid Fund include:

  • $60-120 per pupil increase to the foundation allowance with the count calculated at a 50/50 ratio (based on spring/fall counts) to help aid declining enrollment districts instead of the current 10/90 ratio
  • $10 million for educator evaluation implementation
  • $4 million for school safety grants
  • $2.5 million for a STEM advisory council and another $2.5 million for FIRST Robotics
  • $10 million for CTE equipment plus a $5 million increase for early/middle colleges
  • $9 million for statewide voluntary school water testing

The budget will now go to the House and Senate for consideration and expected changes. The Legislature has established a goal of completing its budget by the end of May. MASB will keep you updated as the budget process moves forward.

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