By CATHERINE SHAFFER • AUG 23, 2018
Michigan has shifted $4.5 billion from K-12 education funding to universities and community colleges since 2010. That’s according to a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy.
The funds have been appropriated from the School Aid Fund, established in 1955 as an amendment to the Michigan Constitution. The School Aid Fund is used exclusively to fund K-12 schools. Funds for post-secondary education, on the other hand, come from the General Fund.
The fund shifting started under Governor Jennifer Granholm’s administration as a one-time appropriation of $208 million to plug a hole in the budget created by the Great Recession.
It was supposed to be paid back.
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