February 20, 2012
Gov. Snyder’s Budget Proposal 2012Governor Snyder released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins on October 1, 2012. Over the next few months, the state legislature will make decisions on a final budget. Michigan PTA urges our members to discuss with their state legislators expenditures that affect children.
The Governor maintained the previous years’ per-pupil foundation allowance, of a minimum of $6,846; this is down over $400 per pupil since fiscal year 2010. Continuing these deep cuts to K-12 schools has a negative impact on the classroom. Michigan PTA strongly believes these cuts must be restored.
Governor Snyder is proposing $190 million for incentives to school districts who meet certain criteria:
Governor Snyder asks to maintain funding for early childhood education, funding for at-risk students, and funding programs to improve academic achievement and reduce drop-out rates. However, there is a decrease in funding to lower class sizes in high-poverty schools. Michigan PTA supports equitable funding for all school districts.The governor’s budget proposes expanding funding in Medicaid and MIChild to include treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children under age 6, and expanding the Healthy Kids Dental program. The budget maintains funding for child and adolescent health centers, and hearing and vision screenings. Michigan PTA applauds Governor Snyder for this commitment to the health of Michigan ’s children.
There are additional areas of concern which will negatively impact education funding:
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