Report: Districts lose aid to fill special ed aid gap

Nov 22, 2017 by

Lansing — Michigan is making up for a $700 million special education shortfall by cutting state aid to other students, a situation that can only be avoided with a new influx of state or federal money, according to a report issued Wednesday.

A special education panel convened by Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley drafted the report, which said that without additional money school districts are having to cut education spending $459 per student. This amounts to a 6 percent per-pupil reduction based on this year’s state foundation allowance floor of $7,511.

This redistribution of money is already happening, said Jennifer Smith, director of government relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards.

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