Though there was still room for improvement across the board, I voted yes on House Bill 4313 because the school districts I represent, Southfield Public Schools and Birmingham Public Schools, receive ‘at risk’ funding which provides additional investment for students based on their economic means. This will translate to a total increase of $1.3 million for Southfield, as well as a nearly $680,000 increase for Birmingham. This funding will allow both districts to implement and bolster critical programs necessary to improve our students’ lives, as well as their prospects for the future. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see that we close the funding gap many schools across the state are still facing, and that every child in Michigan is given access to the world-class education they deserve.