State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Polktown Township, voted Thursday 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 all schools in the 88th House District by $240 – closing the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded schools. The governor’s recommendation capped the increase at just $180 per student.
“I am proud that the Michigan Legislature delivered a budget that funds our public schools on time and in a bipartisan way, without raising taxes,” Meerman said. “This budget closes the gap between the highest and lowest funded schools and boosts skilled trades opportunities – better ensuring that every Michigan students, regardless of their career aspirations, has a pathway toward success.”
In addition to doubling the per-pupil increase, the Legislature-approved plan 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.
The plan now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.