Sen. MacDonald votes for record K-12 school funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday voted to send a K-12 school aid budget to the governor that increases school funding to record levels without raising taxes on Michigan families.

“For Michigan to continue to thrive and meet our challenges, we must ensure every Michigan student receives an education that prepares them for success,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “This budget increases overall K-12 school funding by more than $420 million, invests $1.3 billion to reduce school retirement costs and protect retired teachers, and includes funding to triple the number of literacy coaches throughout our state.

“It is an important step forward in helping build a brighter future for all Macomb County families.”

House Bill 4242 would invest over $15.2 billion in K-12 education in fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1. The budget is an increase of $391 million over the current year and a boost of more than $2.2 billion in overall school funding since FY 2011.

If signed by the governor, Michigan schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

“I look forward to finishing our budget work next week and sending the governor a balanced budget on time that invests in our roads, protects our communities, makes our government more efficient and helps attract new businesses and jobs to our state — all without raising taxes,” MacDonald said.