education budget en Michigan's K-12 budget, who gets what? <p></p><p>Democrats are accusing Governor Snyder of gutting public education, but Governor Snyder says that’s not so. This year’s education budget is a billion dollars more that it was in 2010, the year before he took office.</p><p>There is nearly $14 billion in the education budget.</p><p>“It’s really a fight over how we want to spend this large sum of money that we are setting aside for schools every year,” said Brian Smith, MLive education reporter.</p><p>In the budget, each school district will get a minimum of $50 additional dollars per pupil, while those who have lower funding may receive an extra $175 equity payment.</p><p>Critics say this method disproportionately distributes more money to charter and cyber schools.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:39:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 18280 at Michigan's K-12 budget, who gets what? Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 <div><p>As Detroit continues the process of bankruptcy, there's lots of talk about turning over a new leaf in the city, a rejuvenation. But headlines have recently turned to the legal troubles of City Councilman George Cushingberry. On today's show: Can Detroit change its image if there are still leaders courting controversy?</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke to an artist who's trying to change the way we think about abortion and issues of contraception through art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e want everything modern medicine can offer, but as taxpayers we want health care costs controlled. Is there a way</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we achieve both goals?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First on the show, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Gov. Snyder prepares to reveal his 2014-15 budget tomorrow morning, there will be many eyes fixed on how much he proposes to put into K-12 education.</span><br />&nbsp;</div><p>In the “Comeback Kid” Snyder campaign ad unveiled during the Super Bowl, amidst the talk of jobs was the claim “education funding’s up”. Yet many of his critics claim the governor cut $1 billion from K-12 education.</p><p>So what’s the truth about education funding? And what should we expect to see for schools in the about-to-be released budget?</p><p>Detroit Free Press Lansing reporter Paul Egan joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16302 at Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 Big jump in preschool slots for Michigan children <p>As many as 16,000 more 4-year-olds will be able to attend preschool in Michigan this fall, thanks to a big boost in the state's early education budget.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:58:20 +0000 Associated Press 14327 at Big jump in preschool slots for Michigan children Facing cuts, 'a district like Ann Arbor could go into default' <p>"Something’s going to have to give,” says Liz Margolis, spokesperson for the Ann Arbor school district.</p><p>This fall, kids in Ann Arbor are coming back to schools with 34 fewer teaching positions, and nine fewer staff positions.</p><p>That means fewer reading intervention specialists, administrators, secretaries, facilities&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">workers and lunchroom staff.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carving out $8 million from this year’s budget was “severe,” says </span>Margolis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:01:12 +0000 Kate Wells 14291 at Facing cuts, 'a district like Ann Arbor could go into default' More Michigan schools running deficits, record 55 with deficits <p>To add to the woes of public education in Michigan, six new school districts are running deficits.</p><p>Forty-nine was the record, now make it 55 school districts – from the Traverse Bay Area to Wayne County – with deficits.</p><p>More from MPRN's Rick Pluta:</p><p><em>State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says declining enrollment is the most-common issue in the deficit districts. That’s led to a loss of state funding.</em></p><p><em>Flanagan says schools do need more resources, but most are keeping their budgets balanced. The ones that don’t, he says, are a rarity.</em></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:15:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12920 at More Michigan schools running deficits, record 55 with deficits Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk <p>The Michigan Senate has passed a budget bill that would boost state funding to public schools by about 3%. Universities and colleges would also get a roughly 2% increase.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R- Monroe) praised the schools budget, saying it addresses issues like teacher retirement costs while giving more money to districts.</p><p>“The education budget this year may be the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been up here,” said Richardville.</p><p>But many Democrats say the plan does not do enough to make up for cuts to education over the past couple of years.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:01:02 +0000 Jake Neher 12797 at Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update <p><strong>Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice sentenced to jail time</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to one year and one day in federal custody, for the crime of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Diane Hathaway illegally concealed a million dollars in assets, so she could qualify for favorable terms on a short sale of one of her homes in Michigan. The defendant had hoped to avoid prison time,” Michigan Radio's Vincent Duffy <a href="">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools could see increase in state funding</strong></p><p>“Michigan public schools would see more state funding under a budget plan approved by the state House. Every school would see at least a five-dollar per-pupil boost. Schools getting the minimum amount from the state could receive up to 60 dollars more per student. The state Senate is expected to take up the education budget today,” Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Strong winds and funnel clouds cause damage in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The National Weather Service reported several funnel cloud sightings in Michigan last night, including a tornado that landed near Goodrich High School southeast of Flint. No injuries were immediately reported. The weather service says high winds in the same severe thunderstorm system heavily damaged several homes, toppling numerous trees and power lines," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:53:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12782 at In this morning's news: Diane Hathaway sentenced, additional funding for schools, weather update