School Budget

2.20.17:  School budget: more for at-risk, less for cyber/private kids




LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faced with discouraging test scores, Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a shift so much more state money is spent on academically at-risk students and less goes toward educating private and home-schooled students or those attending online charter schools.

He also wants to continue closing the gap between Michigan’s lower- and higher-funded districts — to $668 per pupil.

Snyder’s plan would increase overall spending by 1 percent and hike basic per-student aid by between $50 and $100.

It is largely being embraced by traditional school interests. But Republicans who control the Legislature and school-choice advocates oppose some facets, and negotiations will shape just how much each district can expect for next school year.