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Rep. Brann supports record funding for West Michigan students
RELEASE|September 19, 2019
Contact: Tommy Brann

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, headed to governor

State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan 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 every student in Michigan by at least $120, with many districts receiving an additional $240 per student – a total increase of more than $300 million in the foundation allowance. The governor’s recommendation capped the increase at just $180 per student.

“Just like it’s important to put money into remodeling my restaurant while still serving great food every day, it will take a continuous focus on improving education to make our K-12 system one of the best in the nation,” Brann said. “Not only do we need to invest more money, we also must listen to teachers, superintendents and students to achieve our goal of making Michigan a top 10 state for education. I will fight for this and continue listening to the people on the front lines.”

The Legislature-approved plan:

  • Increases Career and Technical Education funding to $50 per student and includes $16 million in equipment grants for a total of nearly $74 million in CTE investment.
  • Triples the investment in literacy coaches.
  • Includes a total investment of $510 million in at-risk students.
  • Nearly triples funding for English language learners.
  • Includes $60 million more than last year to reimburse school districts for special education costs.
  • Provides $7 million for isolated school district funding and includes a tiered formula to allow for a wider distribution of funds to students in rural districts.
  • Includes additional investments in school safety grants and school-based health and mental health programs.

The school budget plan now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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