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Superintendents ask lawmakers to boost funding

July 1, 2014
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Superintendents from some Michigan school districts are calling on lawmakers to return to Lansing to boost their funding.

The state budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder increases schools' traditional per-pupil aid. The lowest-funded districts receive $175 more while higher-funded districts get $50 more, with others getting somewhere in-between.

Roughly 120 of Michigan's 800-plus districts and charter schools getting the smallest increase complain it's not enough to offset an increase in districts' payment to employees' retirement system.

Superintendents from Forest Hills, Lansing, Warren, Kalamazoo, Midland and Dexter held a Capitol news conference and wrote a letter Tuesday asking legislators to return immediately to address their plight.

The budget's defenders say the funding disparity had to be addressed and more than 60 percent of $1.5 million school kids will benefit.



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