LANSING — The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) last Tuesday (April 23) announced its support for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2020 budget proposal, which includes a $507 million investment in public school resources to improve every classroom statewide, so that every child has the chance to succeed.

“Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal represents a dramatic shift in thinking and embraces the findings of the School Finance Research Collaborative,” said Chris Wigent, MASA executive director. “MASA is proud to support the governor’s school funding plan, which embraces funding equity, defines real solutions for protecting the School Aid Fund and reflects the removal of higher education from the fund.”

If passed, Gov. Whitmer’s budget plan would triple the state’s number of literacy coaches and create a weighted formula to improve classroom resources for:

• Special education needs

• Low-income and at-risk children

• Career and Technical Education programs

“This budget, if passed, will give districts more local control over how dollars are spent to ensure that all students get the resources they need to be successful,” said Peter Spadafore, MASA’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications. “We look forward to working with legislators and our education partners to get a budget passed that will make a difference in the lives of all students.”

MASA serves public school leaders in nearly 600 public school districts and intermediate school districts across the state, helping the leaders of Michigan’s most important public institutions get better results for our more than 1.5 million students. Learn more at gomasa.org.