LANSING — An updated and expanded version of the School Aid budget passed the House this morning by a vote of 91 to 18. In response, state Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren), issued the following statement:

“As a teacher, I know that Michigan’s schools need a budget in order to plan effectively and deliver our children the quality education they deserve — something they have been unable to do since their fiscal year started over two months ago. While the budget does increase per pupil funding, it merely restores our support to 2009 levels, leaving our state 10 years behind where we need to be to help our students succeed. Though I am disappointed that this was the best we could come up with, I voted to approve this budget it because I will not force our teachers to wait another day for the certainty they need to do the vital work we entrust them to do.”