State to boost aid to schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan will spend 4 percent more next year on public schools and pause plans to replace its standardized test with one being developed by a group of states, under a K-12 budget headed toward final approval this week.
A House-Senate conference committee voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of the nearly $13.9 billion spending plan, which boosts the state’s per-pupil funding to districts by at least $50 – less than the $83 minimum increase Gov. Rick Snyder proposed. The lowest-funded districts will get $175 more – higher than the $111 hike in the Republican governor’s plan – with the minimum aid rising from $7,076 to $7,251.
Districts also can qualify for more money by meeting “best practices” and get up to $100 more per student if standardized tests scores improve in math, reading or on high school assessments. The funding gap among districts will be $848 per student next fiscal year, down from a disparity of $2,300 when the school finance system was revamped 20 years ago.