July 21, 2021 | By: Elena Durnbaugh | Battle Creek Enquirer –
Michigan public schools are expecting a big boost in spending per pupil next school year thanks to a historic increase in educational spending in the state budget.
The state legislature approved a record $17.1 billion in funding for schools statewide in June which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed it into law last week.
The bill will help address the funding gap between districts, an effort that began with the 1994 approval of Proposal A, which shifted the main source of school funding from property taxes to state taxes.
Michigan has gradually moved toward more equal funding for schools since then, but the 2021-2022 budgetis the biggest step yet toward closing the gap in per-pupil funding.
The spending bill guarantees baseline funding of $8,700 for every student during the 2021-2022 school year. This year it ranged from $8,111 to $8,529 per student.