There has been a substantial amount of misinformation coming from democrats regarding Governor Snyder’s record on education, so I want to set the record straight. Below are facts about Governor Snyder’s education record, and here is a column from the state party that gets into details of the policy decisions by Governor Snyder, and how the Democrats are trying to twist those facts.
- Overall, K-12 education funding has increased more than $1 billion since Governor Snyder took office in FY 2011, and school aid funding, what we call education funding, is at its highest levels in state history at $13.36 billion.
- In the most recent budget, Snyder increased K-12 educations spending $322 million.
- Per pupil funding is up $632 since Governor Snyder took office
- $11.7 billion for K-12 education alone, a $1 billion increase in state funding for classrooms over FY 2011.
- $150 million toward the foundation allowance, which equates to a range of $83 to $111 per student.
- $270 million for retirement liabilities to help districts ensure retirement promises are kept.
- $80.3 million for our public universities, an increase of 6.1%.
- $8.9 million for community colleges – an increase of 3%.
- $65 million for early childhood education, eliminating the waiting list.
- $2 million to pilot voluntary year-round school programs to enhance learning.
- $27.8 million for evaluation tools and systems for teachers and administrators.
- $1.8 million in for dual enrollment, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school.
- $80 million to reward K-12 schools that incorporate best practices.
- $50 million in technology infrastructure grants to help districts meet online learning needs.
- $5 million to assist with consolidation of school districts or services.
- $10 million in emergency reserves for financially distressed school districts.
I hope you will use this information to push back against the lies put out by Democrats about Governor Snyder.
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party