LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a $16.8 billion education budget that includes a sizable increase in base aid for lower-funded K-12 districts in Michigan.
The outgoing Republican governor approved his final education budget Thursday.READ MORE: Here Is The Top 'Should I...' Question Googled In Michigan In 2021, AT&T Reports
It adds $120 to $240 for each student compared to last year’s budget. It’s the largest increase in 17 years.READ MORE: GM Secures Tax Abatement For Proposed $1.3B Orion Assembly Plant Investment
The budget also buoys career and technical training — a priority of Snyder’s — by funding high schools up to $50 more per student in those programs.
Democrats had rejected the proposed budget in the GOP-controlled Legislature, saying it won’t be enough to reverse course in Michigan’s most cash-strapped districts. They also castigated a provision that allows a quarter of the staff at some schools to be laid off if student performance does not improve.MORE NEWS: Chief White Says 'There's Reason To Believe' Remains Found In Detroit Belong to Missing Mother Latima Warren
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