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. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids), who voted in favor of the budget, issued the following statement:

“Although we still have miles to go to provide every Michigan student the quality education they deserve, this budget is a step forward for Grand Rapids Public Schools and represents the kind of bipartisan progress we hoped to achieve as the 100th Legislature. What we were able to vote forward was truly the product of bipartisan compromise, and it is heartening to see what we’re able to accomplish when we truly work together. I encourage Governor Whitmer to further refine the budget in favor of Michigan’s kids.”