(WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder gave his 2016 budget proposal today, including a recommendation to increase the budget for K-12 to $1.2 billion more than the budget in 2011.
The budget is split into four sections including support for students and teachers, improving early learning literacy, expanding college and career readiness programs, and student support services.
Corrie Mervyn with the great Start Readiness Program told 6 News that providing for families under the poverty line and at-risk students makes a major difference down the road.
“Children who attend a high quality preschool program are more ready to succeed at time of school entry, read proficiently by third grade, and are more likely to graduate college and are career ready,” Mervyn said.
One of the main reasons school districts are looking forward to the increase, is because it means more money to improve education, and less stress to cut programs and positions.
“This puts us in a good place to stop looking at cuts,” President of Lansing School District School Board Peter Spadafore said.
School representatives hope these recommendations by the Governor will come to fruition, when the budget is finalized in June.