Rep Kelly approves record funding in K12 schools

first_img The state House today approved an education budget to allocate $120 to $240 more per student during the 2018-19 school year, announced state Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid.The additional $312 million in funding to students, teachers and school staff is the largest single year budget increase in 15 years. As part of the overall $14.8 billion budget plan, Michigan’s local districts will receive $7,871 to $8,409 for each student.“We must continue to increase our commitment to each child in our state’s schools,” Kelly said. “Our dedication to growing education goes beyond that because we’ve added the Marshall Plan to advance skilled trade programs, supported specific programs to improve third grade literacy, and increased special education funding by $4.2 million from this year. All of this is being done by using dedicated school funding, decreasing our draw from the state’s general budget checkbook by $155 million.”The school budget also includes:$499 million for at-risk students, focused on programs to help financial- and academic-challenged students improve their abilities in reading and math;$26.9 million to early literacy education, providing added instructional time and teacher coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading proficiency;$8 million to assist school districts identified as needing increased academic assistance; and$1.2 billion to the Michigan public school employee’s retirement system, ensuring the retirement program for public school employees is maintained.“This continues our growing investment to Michigan’s children,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “We’re doing more to help our local school districts because what we do now will be visible five or 10 years from now when Michigan is continuing to grow and thrive.”Michigan’s education system includes 539 local traditional school districts, 294 public school academies and 56 intermediate school districts##### 12Jun Rep. Kelly approves record funding in K-12 schools Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img

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