School Aid budget invests more than $14 billion in education

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall was with Gov. Rick Snyder in Commerce Township on Monday as the governor signed into law Senate Bill 801, the School Aid budget.

“Thank you, Governor Snyder, for signing the education omnibus budget in my district,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “For the sixth consecutive year the budget has been finalized months ahead of schedule, providing assurance for school districts when they are planning their own budgets.”

The Fiscal Year 2017 School Aid budget invests more than $14 billion in education, which is more than a $261 million increase over last year. In addition, more foundation allowance funding means an increase of between $60 and $120 per pupil.

“Specifically, per-pupil funding in Walled Lake, here in Commerce Township, went from $8,315 to $8,375, which is an increase of $60 per pupil,” Kowall said.

Since 2011, state funding for K-12 school districts have increased by $1.5 billion. The state has increased funding for Michigan’s 15 public universities by $39 million.

SB 801 is now Public Act 249 of 2016.

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Photo caption: Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was with Gov. Rick Snyder in Commerce Township on Monday as the governor signed into law Senate Bill 801, the School Aid budget. Pictured, from left: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake; Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township; Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy; Snyder; Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township; Kowall; Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton; and Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston.