Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Chris Ward introduces bill on school funding

From the AP:

GOP lawmaker introduces measures to close gap in school funding
2/15/2006, 7:21 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would close the funding gap among Michigan's school districts.

State Rep. Chris Ward of Brighton said two bills — one a constitutional amendment — would require the state to reduce the state funding gap between the highest- and lowest-funded schools to within 10 percent.

The current state portion of the annual per-pupil grant for K-12 public schools ranges from $8,175 to $6,875, a 19 percent gap. Districts that had spent even more prior to the school funding and property tax reforms of 1994 continue to do so with local funds, with some districts at $12,330 per-pupil, Ward said


In other news, State RepMary Waters runs for Secretary of State


Anonymous said...

Another important issue, especially in Livingston County. Thanks for the update.

Keith Richards said...

If I lived in the Howell school district, I'd definitely be asking a lot of questions about this at the school board meetings.

To approve the building of a school when there is no money available to open and run it is irresponsible beyond belief. The school district should have worked with the state on this BEFORE they built the school.

Sounds like the Howell school district needs better leadership.