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2011 House Bill 4445: Adjust current year school appropriations

Public Act 29 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on March 15, 2011, to reduce current-year school aid appropriations by approximately $180 million to reflect lower student enrollment, revised revenue estimates and other detail changes.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 15, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 16, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on April 12, 2011, to authorize granting approximately $270 million more to school districts this year, over-and-above the $12.846 billion already appropriated. The money would come from revenues to the school aid fund that are projected to exceed previous estimates. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on April 12, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 12, 2011, to appropriate $25 million to around 50 so-called "20j" school districts, which tend to be wealthier ones, with some exceptions. Some of the extra money that had previously been distributed these districts was line-item vetoed by Gov. Jennifer from the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 school aid budget. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 12, 2011.
  2. Passed 86 to 24 in the House on April 13, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 14, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 14, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 10, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on November 1, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 8, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 8, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that contains actual appropriations. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 8, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 11, 2011, to spend all the extra money the state received from higher than expected tax revenues during the end of the last fiscal year on public schools (rather than any for any other spending items, potential tax cuts or a "rainy day fund" deposit). The extra money would be allocated on a per-student basis. The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on November 11, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on November 11, 2011, to replace the source of some of the proposed spending from the state school aid fund to the general fund. The amendment failed 11 to 23 in the Senate on November 11, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on November 11, 2011, to appropriate an additional $8 million for extrat "at risk" student spending in several school districts. The amendment failed 15 to 21 in the Senate on November 11, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on November 11, 2011, to spend more on certain "categorical" grant items, including extra money to reduce class sizes. The amendment failed 15 to 21 in the Senate on November 11, 2011.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Passed 33 to 3 in the Senate on November 11, 2011, to appropriate $12.5 million for programs intended to assess the effectiveness of kingergarten and the state’s early childhood education programs, and “prospectively” appropriate $70 million in federal money for “early learning” programs, contingent on the state winning a competitive “Race to the Top” grant.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on November 10, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on February 23, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that adds money for students in response to the financial collapse of the Highland Park school district, and more. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on February 23, 2012, to give the Sutton's Bay school district an extra $600,000 above what it would ordinarily get under the Proposal A school funding formula. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Holly Hughes (R) on February 23, 2012, to give a particular school district in the 91st House district an extra $500,000 above what it would ordinarily get under the Proposal A school funding formula. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 23, 2012.
  6. Passed 63 to 45 in the House on February 23, 2012, to appropriate $4 million to pay school districts and charter schools near the effectively-bankrupt Highland Park school district to provide classes this year to the children in that district. Highland Park reportedly spent $16,000 per student, on revenues of $14,000 per student, and can no longer meet payroll. The bill also authorizes $12.5 million for programs intended to assess kindergarten and government "early childhood education" programs; spends $4 million in federal "edu-jobs" stimulus money; and makes several smaller appropriations. Finally, it adjusts school aid distributions to reflect lower than expected local property tax revenue and other factors.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on February 23, 2012.
  8. Passed 23 to 13 in the Senate on February 23, 2012, to appropriate $4 million to pay school districts and charter schools near the effectively-bankrupt Highland Park school district to provide classes this year to the children in that district. Highland Park reportedly spent $16,000 per student, on revenues of $14,000 per student, and can no longer meet payroll. The bill also authorizes $12.5 million for programs intended to assess kindergarten and government "early childhood education" programs; spends $4 million in federal "edu-jobs" stimulus money; and makes several smaller appropriations. Finally, it adjusts school aid distributions to reflect lower than expected local property tax revenue and other factors.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on February 24, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 4445 (Adjust current year school appropriations )  by Admin003 on February 23, 2012 
Senator Pavlov's statement is as follows:
I wasn't going to speak to this issue, but after the Minority Leader made such an eloquent argument to try to
convince even further "no" votes for the group that is trying to be a part of the solution, I just felt that a little bit of
background on where this problem existed probably needs to be talked about in this chamber. When you take a look
at where Highland Park Schools has been over the last five years, you will see that there are 475 school districts that
are below them on the funding level. The revenue to that school district has been increased by over 25 percent, and
expenses at the very same time have gone up nearly 47 percent, at a time when they have seen a 59 percent decline
in the student population.
At what point wasn't somebody watching this situation? When this group comes together to try to offer a solution,
whether it be short-term or long-term, the idea is we are putting together a plan today that allows those school doors
to be open tomorrow. It gives us an opportunity to fight for further reforms that we are going to need.
Let's talk about further educational opportunities for those kids who are in these districts. This is not just an urban
district issue. Everybody in this chamber, at some point, is being affected by the impact of education. So let's be true
about where the problem came from. Let's be even more accurate about where the solution is going to come from.

Re: 2011 House Bill 4445 (Adjust current year school appropriations )  by Admin003 on February 23, 2012 
Senator Walker's statement is as follows:
This is an important piece of legislation we have in front of us right now. It helps facilitate the continued
education of 1,000 students in Highland Park, and it's been referenced that somehow the fault of this Legislature that
funded K-12 education to the tune of $13 billion in this state. It's almost a quarter of the whole state's revenue. I
think that shows a strong commitment on the part of this Legislature and our state for our children's education.
We've gone on ad nauseam about this, and people can say the numbers look however they want, but this
Legislature is committed to children's education in this state. Constitutionally, we have to do that. That's why we are
here. We're here to make sure those 1,000 students have an education. And as far as other schools queued up for possible emergency manager situations, there aren't 40 schools queued up for emergency manager that are in the top 10 level of funding the way this current school is. It's in the top 10
percent of funding for all the schools in our state, and it's in financial trouble. That isn't the state's fault. That's the
fault of the people who are managing that school district. They should be held accountable, and we are helping so
those students will have an education.

Re: 2011 House Bill 4445 (Adjust current year school appropriations )  by Admin003 on February 23, 2012 
Senators Pappageorge, Walker and Pavlov asked and were granted unanimous consent to make statements and
moved that the statements be printed in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Pappageorge's statement is as follows:
You know, that was an interesting discussion we just heard, but it has nothing to do with the immediate problem.
The immediate problem is not Public Act No. 4. The immediate problem is that we have almost 1,000 kids who
won't have a school to go to tomorrow. If you want to talk about Public Act No. 4 or history or whatever else, just
remember just because some people missed the boat is no reason to discontinue the service. Today the question is
what are we going to do for kids who need to go to school tomorrow? We can talk about all that other stuff anytime
after tomorrow.
We have a short-term problem and a long-term problem. I am happy to discuss the long-term problem with
anybody--in fact, we need to--but tomorrow we need to have kids going into a classroom. That is what is before us.

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