Mich. Legislative Deal Gives Poorer School Districts More Money

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Friday, June 1, 2012

House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to a $12.9 billion School Aid budget that would give about 450 school districts and charter schools up to $120 more per pupil next year.

Lower-funded schools would see their foundation grant increase to a minimum $6,966 in an effort to make education funding more equitable to wealthier school districts that get thousands more per year for each student.

About 30 districts and charter schools in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties would get more money under the School Aid bill passed Thursday morning by a joint House and Senate conference committee.

There are 551 school districts and 242 charter schools in Michigan, according to the Department of Education.

The additional dollars amount to a 1.7 percent increase in per pupil funding for the next school year for the poorest districts. For some districts, though, the new minimum grant level will increase their funding by a few dollars per student.

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