State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history.
The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120 to $240 – a total increase of more than $300 million in the foundation allowance. The governor’s recommendation capped the increase at just $180 per student.
“We’re providing our schools with the largest investment in state history that includes a greater per-pupil increase than the governor recommended,” LaFave said. “This record funding is going to go a long way in better preparing students for successful futures upon graduation.”
The Legislature-approved plan also:
- Increases Career Technical Education funding to $50 per student and includes $16 million in equipment grants for a total of nearly $74 million in CTE investment.
- Triples the investment in literacy coaches.
- Includes a total investment of $510 million in at-risk students.
- Includes $60 million more than last year to reimburse school districts for special education costs.
- Provides an additional $7 million for rural districts in isolated areas.
- Includes additional investments in school safety grants and school-based health and mental health programs.
“I’m glad the Democrats in the Legislature were willing to work with us on a fiscally responsible budget that includes record funding for our schools without the governor’s nation-high gas tax hike,” LaFave said. “This plan invests in several areas research studies have shown to be the most important in improving education across the board, including special education and CTE programs. I urge the governor to waste no time in approving this budget and give classrooms across the state the resources they need to improve achievement for all students.”
The plan now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.