Experts: Whitmer’s Education Budget Prioritizes Classrooms, Books, School Quality Whitmer’s budget focuses on student success, providing greater access to personalized learning, textbooks, AP and Honors classes, and extracurriculars.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Michigan’s Governor Whitmer shared her education budget in February, which experts are praising for prioritizing students and improving the quality of the state’s public schools.
The budget focuses investments on better teacher training, more Honors and AP courses, books and building repairs, more personalized learning, and improved extracurriculars.
Student advocates are saying the funding will be used to teach children the things they need to learn to be successful.
“Governor Whitmer’s bold plan is the most transformational investment in public education we have seen in decades,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “The governor’s budget proposal attacks Michigan’s acute educator shortage head-on, and her plan will make a real difference in recruiting, retaining and respecting educators to help every student succeed.”
State Superintendent Michael Rice has praised the plan: “This budget would help advance every single goal of the state’s Top 10 state strategic education plan and, in so doing, would improve the lives of our more than 1.4 million Michigan public school children.”
The governor’s office said the plan was a key part of Whitmer’s goal to invest in Michigan’s schools without increasing taxes.