State Reps. Jaime Greene and Kathy Schmaltz today urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to withdraw her budget proposal that would drastically cut funding for Michigan students who attend online cyber schools.
The governor on Wednesday unveiled her fiscal year 2024 budget recommendations, which included a 20-percent per-pupil reduction for online cyber schools. Cyber schools often serve students with special needs, which can include being immunocompromised and other conditions that prevent them from being educated in person.
“The governor’s proposal unfairly targets cyber schools and, if enacted, would hurt some of the most vulnerable kids in Michigan,” said Greene, the Republican Vice Chair of the House Education Committee. “The governor needs to realize that per-pupil funding goes directly to help educate students, plan a curriculum and pay educators. Cyber schools should not be treated any differently than traditional schools.”
Rep. Schmaltz, of Jackson, said: “More than 21,000 students across Michigan attend cyber schools for good reason. Many students excel in this environment and they deserve to reach their fullest potential. I urge the governor to reconsider this discriminatory proposal and treat all students fairly.”
The legislators said the governor’s initial budget recommendations are only the first step in a lengthy budgetary process, and they will work with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stop the governor’s cyber school proposal.
State Rep. Jaime Greene, R-Richmond, this week served as the legislative sponsor for a group of Michigan teenagers who are learning leadership skills and gaining first-hand knowledge of the political process through TeenPact Leadership Schools.
The House just voted to eliminate Michigan’s A – F grading scale for school performance. This system needed to be replaced with a new, easy-to-understand accountability tool to inform parents about a school’s quality of education. Instead, it was removed entirely.
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