The Facts on Education Funding in Michigan

More than $1 billion.

That's how much more Governor Rick Snyder proposes  in K-12 education funding compared to our state budget in FY 2011.

In fact, K-12 funding  in Michigan has increased each of the last three years, and Governor Snyder is proposing another 3% increase next year, marking the fourth year in a row that our state will increase investment in K-12.

On top of that, last year Michigan spent $65 million on preschool education -- making our state number one in the United States for investing in pre-K. And for FY 2015, Governor Snyder proposes another $65 million increase in state funding  on pre-k education, which would create opportunities for 16,000 more kids.

Despite this record, some still claim that Michigan is cutting funding for education. But as you can see in the following chart, that just isn't the case. 

Want the raw numbers? In FY 2011, Michigan appropriated  just over $10.67 billion on K-12 education. Next year, Governor Snyder proposes over $11.7 billion in funding. Here's a chart with the exact numbers from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget so you can do the math yourself.


(in thousands)

FY 2011


FY 2012


FY 2013


FY 2014


FY 2015


*Excludes $133 million of deposits into the MPSERS reserve fund
**Excludes $41 million of deposits into the MPSERS reserve fund
***Excludes $50 million of deposits into the MPSERS reserve fund
Here's more detail on how Governor Snyder proposes to increase funding for education in the FY 2015 budget.

  • $11.7 billion for K-12 education alone, a $1 billion increase in state funding for classrooms over FY 2011.
  • $150 million toward the foundation allowance, which equates to a range of $83 to $111 per student.
  • $270 million for retirement liabilities to help districts and ensure retirement promises are kept.
  • $80.3 million for our public universities, an increase of 6.1%
  • $8.9 million for community colleges –- an increase of 3%.
  • $65 million in pre-K for early childhood education, eliminating the waiting list
  • $2 million to pilot voluntary year-round school programs to enhance learning
  • $27.8 million for evaluation tools and systems for teachers and administrators.
  • $1.8 million in for dual enrollment, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school.
  • $80 million to reward K-12 schools that incorporate best practices.
  • $50 million in technology infrastructure grants to help districts meet online learning needs.
  • $5 million to assist with consolidation of school districts or services.
  • $10 million in emergency reserves for financially distressed school districts.