Rep Kelly Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance
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18Apr Rep. Kelly: Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance Enhanced safety at K-12 schools and college campuses, including provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities and dramatically increased expansion of the state’s OK2SAY school safety program. State Rep. Tim Kelly today announced the Michigan House Appropriations Committee approved increasing K-12 school funding by $120 to $240 per student for next academic year.The per-student increase – the largest for a single year in 15 years – is part of an overall House plan boosting state record-high funding for K-12 education. Early literacy, workforce preparation and school safety are also focuses of the House’s overall budget plan.“Schools are the key to a better future for our children and our state,” said Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “With this record investment in education, it’s clear we’re making children and their families a top priority.”Highlights of the House plan:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to schools. School funding would increase to $14.8 billion, a new record for K-12 investment. Funding for community colleges and universities also would increase through the House plan. Kelly, of Saginaw Township, is the sponsor of the House Bill 5579 – the chamber’s education funding plan. The measure advances to the House floor along with House Bill 5578, the House’s other main budget bill.### Categories: Kelly News,News Approximately $100 million for career and talent development, including the Marshall Plan for Talent, in the state’s K-12 budget alone. Programs for financially and academically at-risk students would receive nearly $500 million, focused on programs to help improve reading and math. Early literacy education would receive $26.9 million, providing added instructional time and coaching to help improve K-3 students’ reading.