Monday evening (June 29), Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced a tentative budget deal for FY 20 (the current fiscal year) and the allocation of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars.

For K-12 schools, the deal will rely on a $256 million reduction to the per pupil foundation allowance (approximately $170-180 per pupil) and the distribution of $512 million in CRF dollars to help districts cover expenses incurred from COVID-19 efforts and to help districts prepare for fall. We anticipate the dollars to be distributed on a per pupil basis, but await confirmation on that. Additionally, there will be a one-time expenditure of $53 million to provide teachers with a one-time payment of $500 for “hazard pay”.

Beyond School Aid, the deal includes money for higher education, community colleges, and local governments.

Obviously, this leaves FY 21 still in question, but this should provide some clarity as districts close out the books on the current fiscal year. For more details visit: http://gomasa.org/wp-content/uploads/JointStatement1pagerfont-004.pdf.

Tuesday at 3:00 PM we anticipate the Return to Learn Advisory Council will release the Return to School Roadmap which should provide details and clarity on safety protocols and expectations for the fall. We will share that as soon as it’s out as well.