Gov. Snyder’s education cuts worse than reported for many school districts

Dozens of districts face cuts greater than $1,000 per pupil

Nearly 200 Michigan school districts face cuts greater than $500 per student under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency.

The $470 per-pupil cut commonly referenced by politicians and the news media is just the tip of the iceberg, according to the House Fiscal Agency. That oft-reported figure relates to the foundation allowance, but Snyder’s budget cuts go beyond that to slash millions of dollars in critical education programs, including dropout prevention programs, special education funds, isolated and rural school grants, declining enrollment funds and various payments to equalize inequities caused by the implementation of Proposal A.

Combined with a $1 billion tax increase on senior citizens’ pensions, the cuts to education would help pay for a massive tax break for large corporations, according to Snyder’s budget proposal.

“Slashing our children’s education to pay for tax cuts for big banks, oil companies and other large corporate special interests is a clear sign of misplaced priorities,” said Iris K. Salters, president of the Michigan Education Association. “That may be Governor Snyder’s definition of ‘shared sacrifice,’ but it’s not ours. Instead of mortgaging our kids’ futures to help big corporations, we need real, balanced solutions to fund Michigan’s priorities.”

According to the House Fiscal Agency’s report, 171 public school districts serving 356,582 students face cuts greater than $500 per pupil. They are as follows:

  • Addison Community Schools: $502
  • Adrian City School District: $503
  • Akron-Fairgrove Schools: $739
  • Alba Public Schools: $1,256
  • Albion Public Schools: $559
  • Alcona Community Schools: $959
  • Alma Public Schools: $741
  • Arvon Township School District: $863
  • Athens Area Schools: $515
  • Atlanta Community Schools: $734
  • Autrain-Onota Public Schools: $1,095
  • Baldwin Community Schools: $801
  • Bangor Public Schools (Van Buren): $618
  • Baraga Area Schools: $505
  • Battle Creek Public Schools: $509
  • Beaver Island Community School: $2,348
  • Beecher Community School District: $524
  • Bellaire Public Schools: $507
  • Benton Harbor Area Schools: $505
  • Bessemer Area School District: $586
  • Big Bay De Noc School District: $677
  • Bois Blanc Pines School District: $13,439
  • Boyne Falls Public School District: $1,172
  • Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District: $842
  • Brimley Area Schools: $505
  • Buena Vista School District: $545
  • Burt Township School District: $4,625
  • Capac Community School District: $505
  • Carney-Nadeau Public Schools: $646
  • Carson City-Crystal Area Schools: $502
  • Cass City Public Schools: $505
  • Central Lake Public Schools: $511
  • Charlevoix Public Schools: $504
  • Cheboygan Area Schools: $573
  • Church School District: $706
  • Climax-Scotts Comm. Schools: $503
  • Coleman Community School District: $508
  • Colfax Township School District #1F: $1,719
  • Colon Community School District: $505
  • Concord Community Schools: $511
  • Covert Public Schools: $971
  • Crawford Ausable Schools: $513
  • Dearborn City School District: $754
  • Decatur Public Schools: $506
  • Deckerville Community School District: $624
  • Deerfield Public Schools: $532
  • Detour Area Schools: $2,153
  • Detroit City School District: $569
  • East Detroit Public Schools: $520
  • Elm River Township School District: $4,618
  • Engadine Consolidated Schools: $504
  • Ewen-Trout Creek Consolidated School District: $937
  • Fairview Area School District: $505
  • Fernale Public Schools: $507
  • Flint City School District: $757
  • Forest Area Community Schools: $503
  • Forest Park School District: $947
  • Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools: $825
  • Free Soil Community Schools: $8,657
  • Galien Township School District: $641
  • Garden City School District: $637
  • Gibraltar School District: $720
  • Glen Lake Community Schools: $583
  • Glenn Public School District: $586
  • Goodwin Heights Public Schools: $507
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools: $658
  • Grant Township School District #2: $43,276
  • Gwinn Area Community Schools: $637
  • Hale Area Schools: $923
  • Harbor Springs School District: $686
  • Hart Public School District: $617
  • Hartford Public School District: $764
  • Hazel Park City School District: $547
  • Highland Park City Schools: $995
  • Hillman Community Schools: $504
  • Holton Public Schools: $509
  • Houghton Lake Community Schools: $504
  • Huron School District: $656
  • Ironwood Area Schools: $823
  • Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools: $624
  • Kalamazoo Public School District: $670
  • Kaleva Norman Dickson School District: $1,297
  • Kalkaska Public Schools: $504
  • Kearsley Community Schools: $509
  • Lake City Area School District: $645
  • Lake Linden-Hubbell School District: $534
  • L'Anse Area Schools: $535
  • Lansing Public School District: $668
  • Les Cheneaux Community Schools: $1,528
  • Litchfield Community Schools: $519
  • Mackinac Island Public Schools : $1,980
  • Mackinaw City Public Schools: $878
  • Manistique Area Schools: $1,030
  • Maple Valley Schools: $520
  • Marion Public Schools: $715
  • Mason Consolidated Schools (Monroe): $500
  • Mason County Eastern Schools: $595
  • Mayville Community School District: $502
  • Mid Peninsula School District: $803
  • Mio-Ausable Schools: $849
  • Morenci Area Schools: $507
  • Morgan Township School District: $1,038
  • Mt. Clemens Community School District: $1,046
  • Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools: $516
  • Munising Public Schools: $541
  • Muskegon City School District: $774
  • Muskegon Heights School District: $684
  • N.I.C.E Community Schools: $529
  • New Buffalo Area Schools: $645
  • North Central Area Schools: $505
  • North Dickinson County Schools: $872
  • Northport Public School District: $568
  • Norway-Vulcan Area Schools: $637
  • Oak Park City School District: $683
  • Onaway Area Community School District: $734
  • Ontonagon Area Schools: $948
  • Orchard View Schools: $546
  • Oscoda Area Schools: $545
  • Owendale-Gagetown Area Schools: $629
  • Palo Community School District: $732
  • Pellston Public Schools: $681
  • Pentwater Public School District: $518
  • Pickford Public Schools: $505
  • Pine River Area Schools: $610
  • Pontiac City School District: $625
  • Port Huron Area School District: $592
  • Portage Public Schools: $591
  • Powell Township Schools: $557
  • Public Schools of Calumet: $528
  • Rapid River Public Schools: $689
  • Reed City Area Public Schools: $501
  • Republic-Michigamme Schools: $500
  • River Valley School District: $839
  • Romulus Community Schools: $510
  • Roscommon Area Public Schools: $760
  • Roseville Community Schools: $510
  • Rudyard Area Schools: $750
  • Saginaw City School District: $512
  • Shelby Public Schools: $753
  • Sigel Township School District #3: $3,157
  • Sigel Township School District #4: $849
  • Sigel Township School District #6: $6,751
  • St. Ignace Area Schools: $676
  • Stanton Township Public Schools: $962
  • Stephenson Area Public Schools: $764
  • Superior Central Schools: $632
  • Sutton Bay Public Schools: $535
  • Tahquamenon Area Schools: $1,114
  • Tawas Area Schools: $508
  • Taylor School District: $681
  • Tekonsha Gommunity Schools: $506
  • Vanderbilt Area Schools: $1,131
  • Vassar Public Schools: $521
  • Verona Township S/D #1F: $581
  • Wakefield-Marenisco School District: $519
  • Waldron Area Schools: $512
  • Walkerville Public Schools: $760
  • Watersmeet Township School District: $592
  • Wayne-Westland Community School District: $953
  • Wells Township School District: $1,990
  • West Branch-Rose City Area Schools: $516
  • West Iron County Public Schools: $687
  • Westwood Community Schools: $790
  • Westwood Heights Schools: $531
  • Whitefish Township Schools: $4,818
  • Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools: $518
  • Willow Run Community Schools: $716
  • Wolverine Community Schools: $1,729
  • Woodhaven-Brownstown School District: $527
  • Wyoming Public Schools: $555

Contact: Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5566