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Whitmer's budget proposal to include spending increase for K-12 education

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal is slated to include an increase in spending for kindergarten through 12th grade education.

Whitmer will present the plan as part of her budget proposal Tuesday. She wants to put more money toward students with additional educational needs. That includes special education, low-income, and career and technical education students.

A part of Whitmer’s education spending plan includes a so-called “weighted funding formula.” This model includes an increased across the board per-student payment. Then, schools with students with extra needs would get more money per student in order to reimburse the school for those extra costs.         

Appropriations Committee Minority Vice Chair Representative Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) said this plan would help reduce barriers for students.

“Those barriers look different for those students in different parts of the state,” he said. “So I think as she’s examining the funding formula, she’s really trying to get us thinking differently about how to make sure we unlock the potential of every student.”

All told, Whitmer’s education plan includes a spending increase of more than $500 million.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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