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Published in Print: December 13, 2000, as Legislative Update

Legislative Update

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The following is a summary of the fiscal 2001 state budget for schools and highlights of final education-related action in the legislature. The figures for the state budget and for precollegiate education spending include money for state education administration, but not federal, flow-through dollars. The percentage change is based on rounded numbers, and estimated enrollment reflects the state's public school enrollment for 2000-01.


Governor: John Engler (R)

FY 2001 state budget: $36.80 billion

FY 2001 pre-K-12 budget: $10.83 billion

FY 2000 pre-K-12 budget: $10.03 billion

Percent change pre-K-12budget: +8.0 percent

Estimated pre-K-12 enrollment: 1.71 million


  • During 2000 legislative session expected to adjourn this week, lawmakers approved budget covering fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003, with minimum state grant to school districts of $6,000 per pupil in fiscal year that began Oct. 1, $6,500 in fiscal 2002, and $6,700 in fiscal 2003. Spending package includes supplemental appropriations for fiscal years 2000 and 2001 and full budgets for 2002 and 2003.

•Multiyear budget provides more than $850 million over four years for programs geared to young children, including those designed to bolster parenting skills, improve school readiness, lower retention rates, and reduce enrollment in special education.

  • In a new effort, budget allocates $9.6 million for first year of school rewards for elementary schools with best or most improved scores on state tests.

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