say they’ll have to do some budget shifting or possibly cut some programs unless lawmakers make some changes.
Grand Rapids Public Schools leaders say they’ve recruited an
influential ally – Doug DeVos, son of the Amway founder – in an effort
to turnaround what they say is an unintended consequence of the new
funding plan encouraging all-day kindergarten.
The proposed state school aid budget calls for cutting per-student
grants in half for students enrolled in half-day kindergarten classes,
an effort to prompt districts into creating all-day programs.
Grand Rapids already offers all-day kindergarten, supplanted with $3.3
million awarded through Title I, a federal program intended to help
students in poverty. Federal regulations strictly limit how the money
can be spent...
At least 10 districts are expected to be effected. Lansing schools could
have to redirect $2.5 million in funding; Flint would have to move $2.1
million. Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Ypsilanti and Mt. Clemens also face the