Senate passes K-12 Budget with $11 per-pupil increase

LANSING – School districts, ISD’s and early childhood education will all see increased funding under the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 School Aid budgets approved by the state Senate Thursday, said Sen. Mike Nofs.

“I am pleased the Legislature was able to come together to approve a K-12 budget that provides an increase in funding for our schools, and that it was completed in time for the start of school districts’ new fiscal year,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Despite our difficult budget situation, we followed through on our commitment to get the budget done by July 1 and keep the education of our children as one of our top legislative priorities.”

Senate Bill 1163 awaits the governor’s signature.