Mich. Schools Face Kindergarten Funding Changes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Updated state rules mean that public schools in Michigan must offer all-day kindergarten to receive full funding for each kindergarten pupil starting in September.

The rules were approved last year by the Legislature and the state this month updated school districts about the half- and full-day options, as well as the financial consequences, The Detroit News reported Monday.

Districts still may offer half-day programs but will lose half of their per-pupil funding for each student, the newspaper reported. Most districts get an average of $7,810 in state aid for each child and are struggling to make up for other cuts.

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