LANSING — The House passed Senate Bill 574 yesterday, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) issued the following statement:

“Public schools rely on every penny of enhancement millages that come their way. They use these funds to hire qualified professionals, provide students with the latest technology and equip classrooms with the materials they need. Thanks to Senate Bill 574, our public schools will now be even more strapped for cash, and I simply could not support placing yet another burden on our public schools. My people did not send me to Lansing so that I could pad the pockets of the for-profit entities that manage charter and cyber schools, and that is why I voted no on SB 574 yesterday.”