By state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan
As a former teacher who now serves in the Michigan House, I am honored to be in a position to fight on behalf of students and educators to help secure the support they need and deserve.
Despite facing financial stress due to COVID-19, I recently cast my vote to approve a bipartisan, balanced state budget plan that makes no cuts whatsoever to K-12 education in Southwest Michigan, helping provide our children and grandchildren with the tools they need to achieve academic success and lead brighter futures.
Under the 2021 budget plan, the state will dedicate about $15.5 billion to K-12 schools – exceeding the $ 15.3 billion originally established for the current fiscal year. Michigan’s minimum per-student foundation allowance will also remain steady at $8,111, with an additional one-time bonus investment expected to equal roughly $65 per student, an overall boost of about $95 million.
Other highlights of the budget include:
- A continued commitment to literacy programs, because learning to read at an early age is a building block for future success.
- Making student mental health a priority given the many challenges and changes they have endured over the past year. The plan invests in school-based health centers and programs at the ISD level.
- Funding for districts to identify kids who need additional help and parents who need help finding childcare.
- Resources for students engaged in virtual learning.
- Ensuring funding for vital programs like CTE, special education, STEM competitions and First Robotics is held harmless.
- Protecting local control ensuring school districts are empowered to do what is best for their community’s families and young people.
- Guaranteeing financial stability for school districts that are growing, ensuring they receive the full foundation amount for every student.
Government was meant to be of the people, not one person – and the Michigan Supreme Court rightfully ruled to restore the voice of Southwest Michigan families by confirming that our state’s COVID-19 response needs to be a collaborative effort.
Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today helped announce a plan giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control in these challenging times – allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
State Rep. Beth Griffin and the Michigan House earlier this month approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Southwest Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending unemployment benefits for Michigan’s hardworking employees who were laid off through no fault of their own.
“It’s unacceptable that our seniors have not been protected the way they deserve from the start,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “That’s why I’m fighting for major changes to the previous nursing home mandates. Our seniors and their loved ones deserve much better.