Sen. Bizon votes for record K-12 school funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Thursday voted to send a K-12 school aid budget to the governor that increases school funding to record levels without raising taxes on Michigan families.

House Bill 4242 would invest $15.3 billion in K-12 education in fiscal year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1. The budget is an increase of $424 million over the current year and a boost of more than $2.2 billion in overall school funding since FY 2011.

“The Senate Republican K-12 budget passed today invests more per-student than the governor proposed, without raising taxes,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “The per-pupil foundation allowance increase ranges from $120 to $240, as compared to $120 to $180 in the governor’s proposal. This is an investment in our kids and our future.”

If HB 4242 is signed by the governor, Michigan schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

The Legislature will send the remaining budget bills to the governor next week.