Senate approves $4.3B in school aid supplemental funding

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Tuesday voted for a supplemental budget bill to invest over $4.3 billion in federal funding to support Michigan students and schools.

“Many Michigan students struggled and continue to struggle with the sudden and confusing change to virtual or hybrid learning for more than a year during the pandemic,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This supplemental would invest $4.3 billion in federal assistance to help our children recover from any learning loss they experienced and to ensure that our schools and teachers have the resources necessary to provide their students with the instruction and support they need.”

House Bill 4421 includes $3.3 billion in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to be distributed through the Title 1 formula. School districts receiving the funds must use at least 20% of the support to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

The bill would use $93 million in federal ARP funding to provide services or assistance to nonpublic schools that enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most impacted by COVID-19.

HB 4421 also includes $840 million in federal relief funding to be distributed according to the federal Title I formula to support disadvantaged students and nearly $87 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grants for nonpublic schools. These federal dollars were previously appropriated in HB 4048 and Senate Bill 29 but vetoed by the governor.

The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for consideration.