Legislature Not Convinced On Aid For Schools With Deficit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $75 million for distressed school districts is facing skepticism from the House and Senate.

Snyder called for the money in his budget address to help the state’s 56 school districts that have a deficit.

For schools that project to still have a shortfall by July, their deficit could total more than $242 million. Detroit Public Schools alone projects a $164.5 million deficit.

Republican majorities in the House and Senate favor using the $75 million for specific school programs or boosting the foundation allowance for all schools.

The Senate Appropriations school aid subcommittee proposed a budget that would set aside $8.9 million for distressed school districts. Its House counterpart didn’t allocate any money for those schools.

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