Senate Reduces School State Aid Cuts
DETROIT (WWJ) – The school aid budget is being slashed — but not by as much as the Governor would like.
Instead of a $300 cut per pupil as proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, a state Senate Subcommittee in Lansing has approved a more lenient school aid budget for next year.
Under the new version of the bill, K through 12 schools will see an additional $170 per pupil cut, just over half of what the Gov. originally proposed.
Michigan Association of School Board’s Don Wortuba said although the news is good, school boards across the state still want more.
“Our members are going to continue to hope that we can get better than this. I think they are looking at it from a practical standpoint of where they stand locally, and they don’t know how they’re going to make cuts locally. So, they’re going to continue to hope that the state figures out a way ti mitigate the cut as much as possible,” Wortuba said.
“We’re not done lobbying. I don’t think our members are going to say, ‘Oh, thank you very much,’ and not lobby anymore. I think they are going to continue to put on pressure and make it known in their communities and in the legislature that a lot of schools in the state can’t afford the cuts that have been proposed and there’s a number of them that wont even to be able to afford the $170,” Wortuba continued.
Meanwhile, the Subcommittee also approved the transferring of just under $400 million to help pay for universities, as opposed to the $900 million recommended by Snyder.
“It’s encouraging I think, even at $170. Districts are still going to try to figure out how they’re going to manage through the year, but I think clearly there’s the recognition, at least from the Senate Subcommittee that the major shift over the universities that the governor had proposed, is the wrong way to do things,” Wortuba said.