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Numerous People & Groups Speak Up About State Budget Proposal

Posted: 12:46 PM, Apr 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-25 12:46:09-04
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LANSING, Mich. — A number of groups and individuals shared their opinions on the Governor's State Budget:

If passed, Gov. Whitmer’s budget plan would triple the state’s number of literacy coaches and create a weighted formula to improve classroom resources for:

  • Special education needs
  • Low-income and at-risk children
  • Career and Technical Education programs
“I encourage the Legislature to pass a 2020 school aid budget that serves the unique, individual learning needs of all students, regardless of where they attend school, income, learning challenges or other circumstances. The School Finance Research Collaborative has provided lawmakers with the roadmap to fixing Michigan’s broken school funding approach. Now it’s time for the Legislature to do its part and pass a budget that helps all students achieve and succeed.”
Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark, Newaygo County RESA superintendent
“I encourage the Legislature to pass a school-aid budget that serves the unique, individual learning needs of all students. The Senate’s school-aid budget doesn’t get us there. I urge lawmakers from both parties to instead support Gov. Whitmer’s school funding plan, which lays the foundation for a new approach that helps all students achieve and succeed.”
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
“The state Senate’s K-12 budget represents a missed opportunity to begin fixing Michigan’s broken school funding approach and give all students the same opportunity to get a solid education and compete for jobs. I encourage lawmakers from both parties to support the School Finance Research Collaborative research, which makes clear that it’s time for a new approach that helps all students achieve and succeed.”
Dr. Randy Liepa, Wayne RESA superintendent
“It’s time to close Michigan’s talent gap, and I encourage the Legislature to support Gov. Whitmer’s weighted funding approach that includes additional resources for Career and Technical Education programs that provide students with skills necessary to compete for in-demand jobs. The governor’s plan also provides additional resources to help prepare low-income and at-risk students for 21st century careers, providing all students the same opportunity to compete for good-paying jobs.”
Doug Maibach, Barton Malow Enterprises chairman
“Our state’s K-12 school funding approach is broken, and it’s hampering our state’s continued economic resurgence, as well as our children’s futures. Time has long since passed for this subject to be addressed and I urge legislators on both sides of the aisle to support Gov. Whitmer’s 2020 school aid budget. This is not a partisan or political issue. From Ishpeming to Detroit, the need for a fairer approach to this important topic could not be clearer.”
Jim Stapleton, Detroit-area businessman
“Michigan businesses rely on our public schools to provide students with the skills needed to fill jobs across the state, and I encourage the Legislature to support a weighted funding system that serves the needs of all students. Michigan needs a new, fairer school funding approach that helps prepare all students for success, including those bound for technical school, apprenticeships or jobs right after graduation.”
Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan CEO

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