LANSING — An updated and expanded version of the School Aid budget passed the House today after House Democrats fought to see key changes made reflecting the priorities of everyday Michiganders, including an increase to special education funding and an increase in flexibility in the use of “at-risk” funds. In response, state Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), who voted for the budget, issued the following statement:

“Today, we saw both sides of the aisle come together to provide much-needed funding for Michigan’s schools. I have spoken with several superintendents in our community who raised concerns that this budget doesn’t go far enough, but made it clear that it is much better than what we currently have. Progress is made one step at a time, and I’m proud to have made a step in the right direction today.”