New budget provides record K-12 school appropriations
State Rep. Peter Lucido today said as K-12 school districts across Michigan begin a new academic year, they will do so with a record amount of state funding on tap.
Lucido, of Shelby Township, said every school district in Michigan will receive a funding increase from $60 to $120 per student under the 2017-18 school aid budget approved by the Legislature earlier in the summer. The two school districts in the communities Lucido serves – Utica Community Schools and Romeo Community Schools – will be on the higher end of that per-student scale.
“Both of these school districts have been on the short end of funding in the past, and they are receiving greater amounts of state money to make up for that funding gap,” Lucido said. “In addition, every district in Michigan is receiving $25 for each high-school student on top of that increase because there are added costs for providing a high-school education.”
Lucido was involved in budget discussions this spring and voted for the funding increases.
In the communities he serves, Lucido said Utica Community Schools are estimated to receive an increase of $4,924,706 and Romeo Community Schools will receive an estimated increase of $833,344.