EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding reports of Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to increase education funding in tomorrow’s budget presentation:
“Research is clear – from the School Finance Research Collaborative to MSU’s recent study – that we can’t keep shortchanging our students and expect better results. Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to invest an additional $500 million in K-12 schools is a huge step toward addressing this issue that’s been developing for decades.
“That same research has shown that it doesn’t cost the same amount of money to educate every student, and this budget proposal reflects that reality. Additional funding for at-risk, special education and career/technical education puts additional funds where they’re needed most to help all students achieve.
“Tripling the number of literacy coaches is a critical step in helping educators enhance their skills and ensure that every student becomes a strong reader for life. Additional training and resources to help with literacy must continue to be a focus for policymakers as we go forward.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the details in the budget announcement tomorrow and working with Gov. Whitmer and the Legislature to meet the needs of all students and educators. Both deserve the commitment of state policymakers to help ensure success, and this budget proposal will help to meet those critical needs.”
Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5508