Hundreds of education advocates rally for more money in budget

Jun 19, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Education advocates – from teachers to lunch staff – filled the state Capitol lawn Tuesday. 

Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

The state school aid budget is still being worked out by lawmakers in the Legislature, but protesters at the Capitol want to make sure that the final product has enough money for K-12 schools.

Donna Jackson is the president of a Detroit union that represents paraprofessionals – or school staff. She says she wants the Legislature to adopt Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s spending plan. And the half billion dollars in additional money it calls for.

“I just want to see more of our work being supported through funding and training so that we can provide the quality service to the students,” she says.

Republicans working on the budget say they are trying to come up with a spending plan using the money they have to work with.