A Historic Investment in Our Kids – My Plan to Close the Gap
Last year, we made the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan history without raising taxes.
This year, we are making more historic investments in our kids, educators, and schools to help them emerge from the pandemic and thrive.
Earlier this year, I convened the Student Recovery Advisory Council—a panel of Michigan educators, public health leaders, lawmakers, and more—to help us plot a path toward an equitable recovery for every child in Michigan. They created a list of evidence-based strategies that local communities can use to create their own blueprint for recovery. Check out the recommendations and reach out to your local district and ask how you can get involved in creating your own local plan to ensure every child thrives academically, mentally, and physically.
I’m proud to have recently released a spending plan that ensures your community has the resources you need to make your plan a reality. I announced a plan to utilize the surplus to invest over $1.7 billion in one-time funding and allocate over $900 million for ongoing investments. My plan would represent Michigan’s most significant investment in public education to date.
As we emerge from the pandemic and begin our economic recovery, we must work together to provide equitable school funding, attract and retain top talent, facilitate post-secondary transitions, and build stronger, safer schools. With the resources we have available to us thanks to federal aid and a state surplus, we can make lasting, transformative investments in our kids and schools that will have positive impacts for generations.
My plan to close the funding gap and set our students up for success includes:
- Closing the funding gap between schools in lower and higher-income communities with a $262 million investment. This moment has been nearly 30 years in the making. Finally, the opportunity to truly close the funding gap between the highest-income school and lowest-income schools in our state, and ensure that every child, no matter where they live or the property value of their home, receives a world-class, sufficiently funded education.
- Investing funds in students who need them the most through a weighted funding formula which distributes education dollars more equitably.
- Directing a combined $500 million for districts to hire and retain more educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses, and provide student loan debt relief for mental and physical health professionals who work in high-need districts.
- Helping students plan for life after high school by facilitating post-secondary transitions through investments in guidance and career counselors, CTE, vocational, and skilled trades programs, and dual enrollment and early middle college programs.
- Investing $500 million in school infrastructure to make sure kids have safe, modern learning environments.
With this plan, we can give our children the best possible education with all of the resources and support they need to thrive. With the billions we have available to us we can make that goal—one shared by every parent—a reality here in Michigan. We can make the necessary investments in our kids and future generations.
Governor of Michigan