Let’s start with the way funding for K-12 was described. The description in the budget document is that the recommendation for FY 2013 is a 2.5 percent increase, and the “planning budget” for 2014 is a 0.8 percent increase. The problem with that description is, when you add up what the figures for this year, for FY 2013 and for FY 2014, total spending for K-12 declines from $12.74 billion in 2012 to $12.69 billion in FY 2013 — and declines again to $12.6 billion in FY 2014.Read the rest here. (The blog has some other interesting articles too.)
So how is a recommendation to spend less an increase?
Steve Norton of Michigan Parents for Schools notes:
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Note also that the governor's proposal continues to fund colleges out of the School Aid Fund.