One of the biggest discussions every year is how much money is spent each year in the state of Michigan for K through 12 education, community colleges and higher education.

Some say too much, others say not enough and some say it is just right.

Well here are the numbers that might help you decide.  Governor Snyder just signed his last education budget and it totals $16.8 billion.

Michigan’s new education budget which covers 2018 through 2019 includes:

  • $14.7 billion in K-12 funding
  • $1.7 billion for higher education
  • $408 million for community colleges

K-12 school districts will see a funding increase of between $120 and $240 per student for the upcoming school year under this new bill.

To put the $16.8 billion dollar education budget into context, back in the 2008-2009 school year the education budget for Michigan was approximately $13 billion dollars.

The main concern around spending in our states education system is not so much the amount as it is are we getting what we pay for.  The test scores of the children are not rising that much and most teenagers who graduate from a Michigan High School are not college ready as stated by the colleges and universities themselves.

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