Sen. Ruth Johnson supports record school funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson on Thursday supported sending the governor a K-12 school aid budget that increases school funding to record levels.

“I’m pleased that this K-12 school aid budget will increase funding for our schools by $391 million without raising costs on Michigan taxpayers,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Under this budget, most of our area schools will receive a $240 per-pupil foundation allowance increase in addition to significant increases for special education and skilled trades and technical education.”

House Bill 4242 would invest over $15.2 billion in K-12 education in fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1. The budget represents an increase of more than $2.2 billion in overall school funding since FY 2011.

If signed by the governor, Michigan schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

“With the K-12 budget on its way to the governor, we are close to finalizing a responsible and balanced budget on time that increases funding for schools, roads and water protection to record levels,” Johnson said.

The Legislature will send the remaining budget bills to the governor next week.

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