LANSING – Tonight, the Michigan House rushed through legislation that will divert more than $140 million dollars away from the school aid fund in the first year. The move comes in the wake of numerous non-partisan reports that found that Michigan schools are underfunded by nearly $2,000 per pupil. The bill, HB 4991, passed without any Democrat support. In response to its passage, state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) issued the following statement:

“Great schools are the backbone of strong communities, so it is shameful that the majority party in Lansing would undercut the students of Washtenaw County by taking away the funding and resources they need to succeed. I am disappointed in this last-minute effort and we must do better for our children and our communities in the next legislative session.”