school funding

6:11 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Snyder Signs Education Budget Into Law

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Critics say spending plan spends more on charters and cyber schools
LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed the funding bill for the state's K-12 schools, community colleges and universities on Tuesday, surrounded by students and robots from a program the state has invested in over the last two years.
12:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New Budget Approved for Portage Schools

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Expenses are up, mostly due to retirement costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - A boost in state aid helps increase the 2014-15 Portage Public Schools budget, but like all school districts PPS continues to wrestle with rising retirement costs. The Portage Board of Education Monday approved the new budget that kicks in July 1 after finance director Karla Colestock detailed the good news-bad news money picture for the $83,586,997 general fund blueprint, up from $80,391,633 in 2013-14.
6:51 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Survey shows support for renewing Kalamazoo County education tax

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Local school boards have until early February to vote on putting proposal on ballot
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Almost three-quarters of voters in Kalamazoo County support renewal of a 1.5-mill countywide education tax due to expire in 2014, according to a November survey of 500 likely voters. The districts are Kalamazoo, Portage, Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Parchment, Schoolcraft and Vicksburg.
7:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Covert braces for possible closing of school district

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School board will meet Monday to determine whether district can secure $2.5-million loan from state
COVERT - News that the financially strapped Covert school system may close its doors this fall has hit this community hard.
SW Michigan
2:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pensions erode Michigan school funding

School busses in Three Rivers
Credit WMUK

A new report says Michigan's public schools have less to spend educating students because of rising teacher retirement costs. The Citizens Research Council says retirement now eats up nearly 15 percent of the money districts get per-student. That's up from only about nine percent in 2004.

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