Rep. Calley: School year begins with record K-12 funding, more skilled trades opportunities

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Overall $14.8 billion school aid budget takes effect Oct.1


As classes resume in Barry and Ionia counties, students will return to familiar classrooms, teachers and friends.

They also will be greeted by a record amount of K-12 funding, more skilled trades backing, and schools with additional security planning to keep them safe, said state Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland.

“The Legislature has steadily increased Michigan’s investment in K-12 education during the past several years, and this budget is no exception,” Rep. Calley said. “The per-student amount increased in this budget by up to $240 over the current fiscal year, and every school district in the communities I represent will receive the full $240 per student.”

Rep. Calley said more money is being directed toward providing students with the tools necessary to work in the skilled trades, including allocation of $100 million for the Marshall Plan for Talent.

“Students need access to training which will equip them to fill the in-demand, high-paying careers available in today’s diversified economy,” Rep. Calley said.

In the past two years, Rep. Calley has helped deliver an estimated $7.4 million funding increase for schools in Barry and Ionia counties. The overall school budget for the coming fiscal year totals $14.8 billion.

More money will go into early literacy and special education programs this year, following up last year’s significant increase in funding for students who are considered at risk, either financially or academically.

Rep. Calley said school safety is also a priority, with $25 million set aside statewide for grants to bolster building security, plus additional resources to expand the OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.