State Superintendent Praises the Budget Agreement for Michigan Schools

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

June 21, 2017

LANSING – Increased funding in the foundation allowance for schools; more funding to support At-Risk students; and funding to assist schools with Partnership Agreements drew the praise of State Superintendent Brian Whiston today.

“I thank the Senate, House, and Governor Snyder for their diligent support of K-12 education and for funding important priorities to help make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” Whiston said.

The final budget agreement by the state Legislature and Governor for the 2017-18 school year included a three percent overall funding increase that includes an extra $60 per pupil in the foundation allowance and $120 per pupil for the lowest spending districts. Districts also will see an additional $25 per pupil for each high school student.

Whiston also praised the additional $120 million in At-Risk funding (now totaling $499 million); $6 million in assistance funding for districts with Partnership Agreements to improve the outcomes of the state’s lowest-performing schools; and $1 million to allow the Michigan Department of Education to continue the implementation of early literacy programs.

“Poverty matters in the education of children in our most struggling communities,” Whiston said. “Strategic and targeted resources will help students and educators overcome some of these innate challenges. The Governor and Legislature are to be commended for their focus and support in helping strengthen these efforts.”

The State Superintendent also applauded the $9.6 million for districts to upgrade their Career and Technical Education programs with new, state-of-the-art equipment so students can learn on the latest technology they will be using in today’s manufacturing job settings.