The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor’s race.
Gov. Rick Snyder says he has increased education funding every year he has been in office. He includes money that went to shore up teacher pension funds. Democratic nominee Mark Schauer says Snyder has cut funding by about $1 billion.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he is not interested in getting involved in the debate this close to the election.
Northern Michigan’s largest school district has fewer students than it did last year – 70 fewer according to the head count yesterday. Traverse City Area Public Schools still serves more than 10,000 students.
Funding for schools in Michigan is based on student numbers. 70 fewer students would mean about $500,000 less for TCAPS.
The head of Kingsley Area Schools says students and staff are doing surprisingly well one day after an 11-year-old allegedly brought a loaded handgun to school.
Superintendent Keith Smith says he’s proud of the quick response from his staff Wednesday – when another student alerted a teacher. He says word of the situation traveled quickly from the teacher to the principal.
“The weapon was in-hand within probably 90 seconds,” says Smith.
Smith says the gun was loaded with a single bullet. But it turned out the bullet did not match the caliber of the gun.