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 in at-risk and special education funding and a shifting in the weighted funding formula. In response, state Rep. Bill Sowerby (D-Clinton Township) issued the following statement:

“I voted yes on the school aid budget today. This budget increases per-pupil funding, increases funding for literacy coaches, increases special education funding, and does not harm teacher retirement benefits. While this budget is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction and an improvement on previous education budgets. I believe the Legislature can do even better in the future and I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure our education system receives the resources it needs.”