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Posted on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 5:26 p.m.

Gov. Granholm rescinds cut to school aid in December

By Staff

School districts will get a Christmas gift from the state: a $127 per pupil cut in state aid won't occur - at least for December, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm rescinded the aid cut she ordered last month because the School Aid Fund has at least $150 million more than was expected, the Free Press said.

But the aid cut might take place in January.

And school districts will still absorb a $165 per pupil reduction in state aid as part of the new, 2009-10 budget. Also, 39 school districts with higher property values will still have to absorb additional cuts, some as much as $600 per pupil, which Granholm imposed as part of budget-cutting, the Free Press said.


John Agno

Thu, Dec 17, 2009 : 8:56 a.m.

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Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 8:29 p.m.

Are these posts representative of citizen thinking locally? Conspiracy theories abound. With so many optional activities in Ann Arbor ( why are there so many people with seemingly nothing better to do?


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 4:47 p.m.

I live in Toledo and our school public school system is horrible. I am considering moving to Ann Arbor and was especially impressed in regards to the Public Schools. I am a substitute teacher, trust me you don't know what you have until it's gone. Fight for your schools. Note: I was a probation officer before being laid off and began teaching.

Martin Church

Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 12:52 p.m.

Just wait till May when the revenue for Cigeretts drop because of the ban she just signed. figure in may we will have another 21 Million shortage. She needs to save the money and give it back to the tax payers. Or that's right I am just a slave to the Lansing Queen.


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 8:50 a.m.

Thank God the elected officals are spending time writing a law about texting. Money for schools is such a low priority. I am surprised that someone covered this story. Texting Laws have a lot more impact! (This is a Joke)


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 10:56 p.m.

Hey everyone, newsflash! The reason the Gov did this is so districts can pay the bills for January 1st. It is a cashflow issue. The fed. government money (stimulus) has not been paid out yet and districts are worried that they dont have the cash flow to pay the first week of January bills and payroll. We all know that the January fiscal news will be poor, thus the $127 will be back on the radar. Now that schools don't have fund equity to borrow from themselves for these situations, it creates a cash flow problem. No matter how you feel about all of the funding, we should all agree that Lansing must get budgets set in July for the school year, stick with it, and roll cuts formerly made mid-year into next year's budget. Then, cuts can be planned for in a logical way.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 9:45 p.m.

That's a good start Governor. Now rescind the rest of the cuts, and cut spending on state prisons (we spend more on them than all higher education in Michigan) by putting all non-violent drug offenders on parole, and consolidating the entire penal system in the state. Tax dollars for education instead of incarceration.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 9:35 p.m.

Still blowing me away after all these years. Good thing that millage didn't pass.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 8:19 p.m.

So when her blackmail attempt extract more tax money from Michigan's citizens failed, Gov. Granholm decides to believe the original tax revenue estimate after all? But probably just for December, so the schools can't/won't make their cuts (and the associated changes to classrooms if needed) at the Mid-Winter Vacations or the semester break, when many students are already going to be changing teachers and classes. The cynicism of the governor and her party, playing "chicken" like this with the welfare of children and the efficient operation of our community schools, is utterly appalling.

Steve Norton, MIPFS

Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 6:24 p.m.

While there is a bit of encouraging news on non-homestead tax collections in November, it is almost certain that this proration will be reinstated after the January revenue estimation conference. What surprises me (only a little) is that the Senate has refused to act on a House bill that would replace half of the 20j money that goes to higher spending districts as well as covering nearly all of the $127 per pupil cut. The only way to do this without new revenues is to draw down the federal stimulus dollars. The Senate has been hoping to save them to avoid bigger cuts next year, an election year. So for AAPS, this means that the current cuts equal $165 + the full $233 in 20j money, for $398 per pupil or about $6.5 million. FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ALONE. This is on top of the $2 million in hard cuts and other measures to cover a $7 million deficit in the school budget originally passed in June. This is a welcome reprieve, but a very small and short-lived one. Hard work remains in front of us.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 5:54 p.m.

Well, if they don't take it away again, that will put about 2.1 million back into AAPS's budget. Reducing the 8.7 million dollar deficit to 6.6. I wonder how much less the fund will have in it next month, and how hard they will put it to schol districts then...?


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 5:53 p.m.

And the games continue... which hat has our school funds?