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Kalamazoo educators wonder if children are as important as roads to state

KEA President Millie Lambert supports Schools position on state funding issue.
KEA President Millie Lambert supports Schools position on state funding issue.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- There has been a lot of discussion in Lansing over finding funds for roads and river dredging, but Supt. Michael Rice says schools need more funding too and the 2% increase proposed by the Governor just isn’t going to cut it. He says it won’t even cover inflation.

He says the Schools have taken a huge funding cut from Lansing in the last decade, even before Governor Snyder enacted the deepest cuts of all last year and its time that lawmakers rethink their priorities, and not only try to fund inanimate objects like roads, but animate ones like children.

He says just like the argument that you pay now or pay more later for roads, the same idea holds true for children.

KEA President Millie Lambert says it’s not just the cost to society that’s at stake but the wasted lives, and the impact on generations to come.

That will be the argument the district takes to Lansing when the budget for K-12 education comes up, and its also the argument they hope parents will deliver to lawmakers.