State Rep. Matt Huuki today applauded the House passage of all state budgets by the self-imposed June 1 deadline –four months before the actual due date– including the School Aid budget that promises $120 per-pupil increase for many schools in his area.
“I am very pleased with the passage of this budget and the positive impact it will have on the schools both in our area, and across the state'” said Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine. “The focus of the budget is on giving the schools the best possible tools to prepare our students for the future”
Other highlights of the school aid funding include:
· More funding to reimburse schools for growing employee retirement and health costs;
· Encouraging technology improvements; and
· More collaboration with cities, villages and townships to create system efficiencies
Fifteen school districts across Iron, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties are among those that will receive the $120 equity per pupil increase.
“The school aid budget is really emphasizing classroom funding,” Huuki said. “By doing this we are putting our students first and ensuring them the best education we can, to prepare them for the future.”