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Issue Position: Education Budget

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Because of the failure of Lansing politicians to pass a School Aid Budget on time, schools throughout Michigan find themselves in a budgeting tailspin every year instead of being able to focus on educating Michigan's children. They are left wondering what teachers to have to layoff, what programs to cut and which children they'd be forced to leave behind.

This is all because Lansing failed to do its job. This is unacceptable. Our children deserve better!

To help ensure that this never happens again, House Democrats introduced a plan to move the deadline for completion of the School Aid Budget to July 1. This move will allow Michigan schools to plan for their academic school year before it begins, rather then waiting until October or later.

Our schools must have the resources to educate our children and to keep enough teachers in the classroom in order to prepare our students for good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. I support this simple, yet vital change to the School Aid Budget to help ensure that our children are never again the victims of budget failures by Lansing politicians.


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