Sen. Caswell explains school vote 2011.06.08

Posted in 2011 June

Michigan State Senator Bruce Caswell opposed the transfer of K-12 education funds to universities and voted against the school aid budget.

Sen. Caswell broke with his party last week in the final budget vote due to the shift in funding.

“Several weeks ago, I voted for the Senate version of the budget because it did not transfer a net amount of money to the universities,” Caswell said. “However, the resulting final compromise transferred a net $82 million from the K-12 budget to universities.

“The citizens of Michigan approved Proposal A with the expectation that the money would go to K-12 schools, not universities. We should not shift those funds to the universities against the express intent of the voters.”

The budget contains a $300 per pupil cut in the foundation grant, coupled with the existing $170 per pupil reduction. It also transfers a net $277 million of school fund money to the universities and community colleges.

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