Lucido: Senate’s proposed budget increases funding for all 8th District K-12 school districts

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido said on Monday that the Senate’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget plan, recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, increases investment in key priorities, including K-12 education.

The Senate plan would invest $15.2 billion in K-12 education, a total increase of nearly $400 million over last year’s budget. Schools this year would see a foundation allowance boost of between $135 and $270 per pupil.

Lucido said that all 13 school districts located within the 8th Senate District would see increases in their per-pupil foundation allowances.

“I am proud that we are able to continue to prioritize investment in the education of our children, and under this plan all schools in the 8th Senate District will see another boost in funding,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “This budget represents our continued commitment to public education — if approved, it will be the largest per-pupil increase in the past 18 years and will exceed the governor’s recommendation.”

If the Senate plan is approved, it will mean that funding for schools will have increased by more than $2.6 billion since former Gov. Granholm’s last budget.

The Senate’s fiscal year 2020 budget bills have been reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and referred to the full Senate for consideration.