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Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Education Budget, Brings State Highest Investment Per Pupil, Funds School Infrastructure, Teacher Recruitment

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July 14, 2022


Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Education Budget, Brings State Highest Investment Per Pupil, Funds School Infrastructure, Teacher Recruitment

A historic budget will improve the classroom experience for all children, build school facilities, recruit and train skilled educators, strengthen on-campus mental health resources, and improve school safety. strengthen

flint, michigan — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan’s highest state investment per student in history, investing $500 million in school infrastructure, funding teacher recruitment, and enhancing school safety. , signed a bipartisan education budget, including expanding mental health resources. more.

“Every child in every school district deserves to feel safe and supported in school.Today, I am proud to sign the historic bipartisan education budget. We will make a game-changing investment to improve every student’s experience in the classroom.” Governor Gretchen Whitmer“This budget will help schools purchase new textbooks, provide more personalized instruction, and strengthen AP and honors classes in Michigan history. It’s the best investment we’ve made, and it expands slots in free afterschool and preschool programs while enhancing resources for special education, at-risk funding, careers and technical education. In order to improve the experience of We attract and train thousands of educators every year.This budget proves what is possible when we put students first and focus on getting things done.”

“On behalf of the MEA’s 120,000 members from across the state, we thank Governor Whitmer for listening to educators and taking our expertise to heart in developing this transformative education budget. I would like to,” he said. Paula Herbert, president of the Michigan Educational Association and veteran teacher from Macomb County“The governor’s new budget will help address serious challenges in local schools, including educator shortages, student mental health, and post-pandemic learning support. Every child deserves a quality education and success. and the governor’s budget will go a long way toward achieving that important goal.”

“Government Whitmer worked effectively with legislature to work for students and educators, and this time with a strong budget that represents the largest investment per student in the history of the state. Increased support for at-risk and special education students to better position schools for the success of vulnerable children. Career and technical education, and colleges and universities The move to invest more in both strengthens the economy and reaffirms the governor’s commitment to ensuring that Michigan students have future options. David Hecker, President of the Michigan Teachers Association.

This year’s budget will greatly benefit students now and in the future. ” Jason Messenger, Principal, Portage West Middle School, President, Michigan Association of Middle School Principals“In addition to increasing funding for students who need it most, significant investment in mental health and school safety will ensure that students are safely supported in school and reach their potential. Funding the recruitment of new teachers is an important step in restructuring the educator workforce, ensuring that all Michigan students have access to educational professionals to support their learning. We thank Governor Whitmer and Congress for passing a historic budget that invests in all students.”

Education budget in numbers

  • Funding $9,150 per student for every child in every public school district. This is the highest amount in the state’s history.
  • Provides mental health and school safety funding of $214 per student for every child in every public school district.
  • Additional funding to meet the individual needs of students for all of the approximately 200,000 special education and 710,000 at-risk students.
  • 1,300 free preschool slots from the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).
  • $250 million for school infrastructure.
  • $10,000 tuition to 2,500 prospective Michigan educators each year.

Education budget breakdown

Education budgets can be divided into six main sections: students, mental health, learning support, student safety, school infrastructure, and teacher recruitment.

1) Students

For our students, this is the highest state funding per student in Michigan history, at $9,150 for students in all school districts. Additional support for Michigan’s approximately 200,000 special education students and her 710,000 at-risk students. Expanding free preschool to more than 1,300 of her children under the Great Start Readiness Program. 27% increase in funding for career and technical education programs.

2) Mental health

Dedicated mental health dollars to every student in every school. Increased funding for teenage centers, community mental health grants, and her TRAILS, which provides training to mental health professionals in schools, to better serve students with evidence-based services. increase.

3) Learning support

Expansion of pre- and after-school programs to keep children engaged. Funding MI Kids Back on Track, Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to provide tutoring for every child in Michigan, will keep us on track for long-term success. .

4) Student Safety

A dedicated school safety fund for every student in every school. To hire more on-campus school resource officers, bring together law enforcement, schools and mental health professionals to create intervention systems for at-risk students, and establish school safety committees funds.

5) School infrastructure

$250 million for school infrastructure. Resources to help schools build or renovate classrooms, laboratories, and libraries. Funds to assess the current state of school infrastructure and determine additional funding.

6) Recruitment of teachers

Funding for MI Future Educator Fellowships. Pays up to $10,000 in tuition fees to 2,500 future Michigan educators each year. $9,600 is her one-semester scholarship for student teachers. Grow-Your-Own program to help school districts put support staff on a free path to becoming an educator. Additional funding for career and technical education educators and for veterans to become certified educators A Troops-to-Teachers program that connects you with mentor teachers when working with Finally, it is a strong investment to ensure that retired teachers have a stable and safe retirement.

Signature of the Education Bill

Signature of the Education Bill