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K-12 school funding discussion on 5/6 with state representatives, public welcomed

Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann...Image via Wikipedia
Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan is were the school
funding roundtable will be held on May 6th at 5:30 PM.

Washtenaw County residents and others can express their ideas on Governor Rick Snyder (R) proposed cuts to K-12 Michigan School funding at a roundtable in Ann Arbor on May 6th, at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd. beginning at 5:30 PM, reported on Ann

Seven state legislative representatives will be in attendance, including Mark Ouimet (R-Scio Township), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti), Rick Olson (R-Saline), Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) are all attending the event.

State Sen. Randy Richardville- Republican leader of the Michigan Senate and Gov. Snyder have been invited.

The agenda for the roundtable will include a background of the budget history of Ann Arbor schools, what Gov. Snyder proposed budget means for the district and a discussion of reforms. Also, there will be time allotted in the schedule for public comments.

Snyder has proposed a new $300-per-pupil cut on top of a $170-per-pupil cut from the current fiscal year that will not be restored.

Last week, the Republican controlled Senate passed a budget with a reduced $170-per-pupil cut on top of the existing $170-per-pupil cut that would not be restored. The GOP controlled House, has yet to vote on school cut funding but, considering a vote they passed on May 4th on other parts of Snyder’s budget, it would appears K-12 school funding is in jeopardy.

Cuts passed by the House in their most recent vote included a $25 million cut to the film incentive credit, limiting lifetime state welfare benefits to 48 months, cutting 34 state police and taking 20 million away from local transportation systems.

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