LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the School Aid budget into law on Tuesday.
The signing of House Bill 4411 finalizes the fiscal year 2022 School Aid budget, which totals $17.1 billion including $85.4 million from the state’s general fund and provides cost adjustments and supplemental funding for the current 2021 year.
The budget includes $723 million to eliminate the gap between the minimum and maximum foundation allowance by setting both at $8,700 per pupil. The FY 2022 School Aid budget also increases access to early education through a Great Start Readiness Program.
John Dignan is the superintendent of the Wayne-Westland Community School District.
“I guess it’s better sooner rather than later,” Dignan said. “Huge difference.”
In school districts like Wayne-Westland the funding goes up more than $700 per pupil. But for his district, multiple that by 10,000 students.
Robert McCann is with the K-12 Alliance of Michigan, which represents 580,000 students, teachers and districts.
“Not only did the budget get done,” McCann said. “To recover from the previous year.”
The Michigan budget and federal budget in general has largely left out students with special needs