So much has changed since Gov. Whitmer released her budget in February. The COVID-19 Pandemic has created significant economic impact revenues that will require districts to adopt budgets much different from the one planned pre-pandemic.
School districts are likely to have to make deep cuts to their budgets both this year and next year. While there is no clarity yet about the extent of deterioration in the state’s revenue base, the administration has said that our combined revenue in the General and School Aid Funds could be short $1-$3 billion this fiscal year and $1-$4 billion next fiscal year. This could result in cuts to school funding that equate to several hundred dollars per pupil.
To help school leaders begin planning for the economic impact this crisis will have on local district budgets on personnel and resources, Bob Kefgen, MASSP's Director of Government Relations, will moderate Round 7 of Leader2Leader featuring school funding experts from the State Budget Office. Bethany Wicksall, the State Budget Office Director of Legislative and External Affairs, and Beth Bullion, the Director of the Office of Education within the State Budget Office will review the projected impact on COVID-19 on state tax revenue generally and school funding in particular and answer participant questions about what the current crisis might mean for school funding this year and next. To avoid Zoom Bombing, each Leader2Leader requires registration and approval.
MASSP staff reviews each registration individually to confirm the participant is a member and/or Michigan educator. Upon approval, each participant receives a unique link to log into the webinar, so please add the individual link in confirmation email to your calendar.
Leader2Leader Round 7: Know Before You Go
But the learning curve for understanding Michigan's K-12 budgeting process is steep. Even central office administrators struggle to keep track of all the moving pieces. And that is exacerbated when trying to translate revenue projections down to the building level.
So this week, we've put together a brief "know before you go" video to review the essentials of Michigan's K-12 budget process that you'll want to know in advance to get the most out of Thursday's discussion.
Written by Colin Ripmaster, MASSP Associate Executive Director