Rep. Hornberger: New state budget protects taxpayers when K-12 schools charge tuition

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State Rep. Pamela Hornberger announced she supports a new provision in Michigan’s state budget that bans K-12 public schools from receiving tuition and collecting per-pupil state taxpayer aid for the same student.

“We must have a system that respects taxpayers, and eliminating this ‘double dipping’ is a step in the right direction,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “If a public school is charging out-of-state and foreign students tuition, taxpayers should not have to pay the state’s foundation allowance for those same students. It’s just common sense, and I am pleased to see this provision included in our new state budget.”

The new budget plan continues to allow schools to receive per-pupil funding for traditional foreign exchange students, as long as those students are not charged tuition, Hornberger said.

The schools budget for the 2018-19 academic year, recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, also includes record funding for K-12 education at $14.8 billion. That includes $120 to $240 more per student, providing schools the largest single-year budget increase in 15 years.

The governor also recently signed a measure to provide $100 million for the Marshall Plan for Talent, advancing skilled trade opportunities for Michigan students.