Sen. VanderWall votes for record K-12 school funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Thursday voted to send a K-12 school aid budget to the governor that increases school funding to record levels without raising taxes on Michigan families.

House Bill 4242 would invest $15.3 billion in K-12 education in fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1. The budget is an increase of $424 million over the current year and a boost of more than $2.2 billion in overall school funding since FY 2011.

“The school budget we sent the governor today is not only an historic increase, it is also realistic and fiscally responsible,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “I look forward to the governor signing this budget.”

If HB 4242 is signed by the governor, Michigan schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

The Legislature will send the remaining budget bills to the governor next week.