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Whitmer Plan To Stop Using School Aid Fund Money For Higher Education Could Hit Roadblock

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to stop using school aid fund dollars for higher education could hit a roadblock.

The state has been using money from the School Aid Fund toward higher education for years now.  And Governor Whitmer says that needs to stop.  That’s because the School Aid Fund, historically, is meant to be for kindergarten through twelfth grade.  

But Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is not on board.  Here’s his spokeswoman Amber McCann:

“Education is a lifelong pursuit and so to remove that from School Aid suggests that maybe we think of education differently in Michigan than as the Majority Leader does.”

A report released last August found that Michigan had shifted more than $4 billion from the School Aid Fund to universities and community colleges since 2010.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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