July 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

Michigan superintendents to ask lawmakers to boost funding

Lansing — Superintendents from some Michigan school districts are calling on lawmakers to return to Lansing to fix the new state budget by boosting their funding.

The budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder increases traditional state aid by between $50 and $175 per student. The lowest-funded districts receive $175 more while higher-funded districts get $50 more, with other districts getting somewhere in-between.

About 126 of Michigan’s 800-plus districts and charter schools getting the smallest increase complain it’s not enough to offset an increase in their payment toward school employees’ retirement.

Superintendents from Forest Hills, Lansing, Warren, Kalamazoo, Midland and Dexter will hold a news conference Tuesday asking legislators to return immediately to address their plight. Majority Republicans counter the funding disparity between lower- and higher-funded schools had to be addressed.