Backtoschool season comes with record financial commitment Rep Griffin says

first_img Many southwest Michigan schools get $240 more per studentState Rep. Beth Griffin, a former teacher, said today that Van Buren and Kalamazoo County students are headed back to class supported by a record investment from the state.“I am committed to leaving a better Michigan to our children and grandchildren, and we are steadily adding resources to help fulfill that commitment,” Griffin said. “Whether a student plans to attend college or enter the job market right after graduation, we are providing the help they will need to succeed.”In her two years in the Michigan House, Griffin has voted to bring an additional estimated $11.4 million directly into the school districts she helps represent. Decatur Public Schools, for example, will have received an estimated $274,079 in additional basic foundation allowance money alone over the two-year period. South Haven Public Schools will have added more than $700,000 over two years, and Parchment School District, where Griffin once taught, is in line to receive an estimated $580,000 in additional basic foundation allowance over the two-year period. That translates to $360 per student for the three school districts – including $240 per-student for the new school year — and it does not count money allocated for at-risk students and other programs.Michigan’s commitment to education goes well beyond the basic foundation allowance.The state also is allocating $100 million statewide for the Marshall Plan for Talent, designed to expand and improve skilled trade career opportunities for students.School safety also is a high priority with $25 million set aside statewide for grants to improve building security, plus additional resources to expand the OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.Overall, Michigan is committing $14.8 billion to the schools budget in the upcoming fiscal year – more than a quarter of the overall state budget. Categories: Griffin News,News 24Aug Back-to-school season comes with record financial commitment, Rep. Griffin sayslast_img

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