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Studys show that school funding cuts are bad for business and bad for the community


LANSING (WKZO) -- New studies show that there can be big benefits to spending money on education. They come as The State of Michigan has sharply cut back funding for schools, in fact it appears to be a national trend.

The Center for budget and Policy Priorites found that 34 of the 50 states have reduced per pupil funding since the great recession. The cuts range from just a fraction of a percent to over 22% in Oklahoma, and 20% in Alabama. Michigan hasn’t cut it that deeply, but deeper than most  at 9%.

Karen Holcomb Merrill at the Michigan League for Public Policy says its critical right now because as we replace the old economy with a new one, workers need training.

Another new study just issued by a national Association of police chiefsShows early education can cut prison rates by 20 to 50%.  When adults who had pre-school are compared with adults that did not, they are alot more likely to wind up in jail. 

Local police agencies plan to deliver a petition to Rep. Fred Upton on Monday to get him behind legislation.