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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.

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