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. John Chirkun (D-Roseville) issued the following statement:

“My Democratic colleagues and I have always made it clear that Michigan schools need to be a top priority during budget negotiations. And although I believe we can and should do better, especially when it comes to special education funding, this budget represents a significant step forward in our commitment to Michigan’s students. The fight is not over, but we have to start somewhere, and that is what we did here today.”