UPDATE: School is back in session for Buena Vista students. HOWEVER, the state is still sitting on a budget surplus that should be used to help students receive a quality education they deserve.
School has been out of session since May 3rd in Saginaw County's Buena Vista Township - closing some six weeks before the end of the school year due to a budget crisis. While many have called on Governor Snyder to use a modest share of the money in Michigan's Rainy Day Fund - he has refused to act.
The Michigan Department of Education is withholding state aid payments for a minimum of April, May and June because the district took $401,962.51 to educate students from the Wolverine Secure Treatment Center who no longer attend the district.
As announced yesterday, the school is closed for the remainder of the school year and the federal government is providing money for a voluntary “enhanced skills camp”. Michigan Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan hopes to have the camp open by May 20, but admits that start date is "an ambitious goal."
435 students in Michigan are simply being told that their education is not as important as politics.