House Appropriations Committee member Cam Cavitt has signed onto a letter calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to employ equal funding for every student in public education – whether in traditional public school, public charter schools, or online charters.
More than 150,000 students attend public charter academies and 21,200 are enrolled in online charter schools. Together, this encompasses approximately 10 percent of Michigan’s total K-12 student population.
In February, the governor presented a fiscal year 2024 budget recommendation to the House Appropriations Committee with a 20-percent per-pupil reduction for children who attend online cyber schools. These schools often serve diverse, vulnerable students with special needs – including compromised immune systems, mental health conditions, and other factors that prevent them from being educated in person. Many students also transition to cyber schooling to escape being bullied at school.
There was not a similar cut in per-pupil funding within the governor’s plan for children attending school online through traditional public school. Her proposed education cut comes amidst a record-high budget plan and as Michigan’s state budget surplus has soared.
“As elected officials, it’s vital we do our best to put Michigan children in a position to thrive,” said Cavitt, of Cheboygan. “The governor’s plan is frankly discriminatory. Virtual learning has proven to be a salvation for some of our state’s most vulnerable children. Every Michigan student deserves equal investment from the state – despite how or where they attend school. Our budget must reflect this creed.”
Cavitt ensured he will work to prevent this proposed cut as the budget process continues.
In addition to serving on the House Appropriations Committee, Cavitt has also been appointed Republican Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Veterans Affairs and State Police, while also serving on the following subcommittees for the current legislative term: Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and Judiciary.
“Please encourage anyone affected by the plant closing to contact my office. We can help guide them through the unemployment process and be a resource as they navigate this difficult time,” Cavitt said. “People are waking up to difficult news this morning. Please know that you do not have to go through this alone. There is a whole community behind you. We’re ready to help.”
“The Democrat majority forced through terrible gun legislation that I opposed at every level,” Cavitt said. “Bills like these set a dangerous precedent for violating Second Amendment rights. I’m committed to undoing these dangerous policies. Our constitutional rights are the bedrock to our society, and we must hold up and honor those rights. However, the radical Democrat plan is now law and people need to be prepared.”
“People harvest deer year-round. Whether it’s farmers with nuisance licenses or a surplus of deer during hunting season, there are always extra deer that need to be processed,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “MSAH gets the deer to processors and ensures all resulting venison gets to the dinner tables of people who need it.”
State Rep. Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, will soon host local office hours in Presque Isle and Cheboygan. The meetings will take place at the following time and location: Saturday, February 24 Presque Isle District Library, 1 to 2 p.m., 18132 Lake Esau Hwy. in Presque Isle. Monday, February 26 State Street Coffee, 1 to 2 p.m., […]