Rep. Annette Glenn of Midland today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which prepares students for success inside and outside the classroom with the largest K-12 investment in Michigan history.
The schools budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120 to $240 – a total foundation increase of more than $300 million and raising the minimum per-pupil foundation allowance to $8,111.
“This budget dedicates more resources to help children at every step of the way – from learning to read to preparing for careers,” Glenn said. “We are taking steps necessary to brighten the future for our children and grandchildren no matter where they go to school and regardless of whether they plan to attend college or enter the workforce immediately after high school. It’s a great plan for students in Bay and Midland counties, and all across Michigan.”
The plan includes many of the items advanced by Glenn, who helped shape the budget as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
- Triples the investment in literacy coaches.
- Includes a total investment of $510 million in at-risk students.
- Continues and increases funding for literacy programs based on the proven teaching methods and the successes of the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Bay City.
- 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.
- Nearly triples funding for English language learners.
- Includes $60 million more than last year to reimburse school districts for special education costs.
- Provides $7 million for isolated school district funding and includes a tiered formula to allow for a wider distribution of funds to students in rural districts.
- Includes additional investments in school safety grants and school-based health and mental health programs.
“This plan won bipartisan support in the House because it’s an investment in what matters most to Michigan families,” Glenn said.
The plan now heads to Gov. Whitmer for consideration.