Education budgets go to governor’s desk for approval

The House and Senate this week passed education funding bills that provide slight increases for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities — but still fall short of providing proper funding for public education.

House Bill 4228, which comprises the School Aid, community colleges and higher education budgets for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year, passed the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday. The funding bill now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for his signature.

Click here for an analysis from the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency.

K-12 budget

The state’s lowest-funded districts will see an increase of $60 per pupil, while the wealthiest districts will get a $30 increase. Other districts will receive proportional increase between $30 and $60 per pupil.

Higher education

Public universities will get a $24.9 million increase in state aid, bringing the total state investment to $1.43 billion. In addition, public universities must cap tuition increases at 3.75 percent or else be ineligible for performance funding.

Community colleges

House Bill 4228 provides $336 million in state funding for community colleges, giving each of the state’s 28 community colleges roughly 2 percent in additional state said. The budget continues the practice of taking money from the School Aid Fund to pay for community colleges; $197.6 million of the community college budget comes from K-12 funds.