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 to special education funding and an increase in flexibility in the use of “at-risk” funds. In response, state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), who voted for the budget, issued the following statement:

“This budget represents a much-needed increase in funding for our public schools, but we are still not where we need to be. I look forward to continuing to work toward properly funding our schools to support Michigan’s students and hardworking teachers.”