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May Updates from Senator Camilleri 

May Updates from Senator Camilleri 

Hello Neighbor,   I hope you and your family are enjoying the beautiful weather and planning some fun trips and activities for the summer. My team and I have been busy in Lansing, and I’m excited to share updates on what we’ve been working on.   As always, my office...

Sen. Camilleri Provides Testimony on Michigan Voting Rights Act

Sen. Camilleri Provides Testimony on Michigan Voting Rights Act

LANSING, Mich. (May 1, 2024) — Today, Sen. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) testified before the Senate Elections and Ethics Committee on the Michigan Voting Rights Act. The bill, SB 401, part of the voting rights package (SB 401-404) that Camilleri has helped lead from...

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Thank you to the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan for awarding me a Legislative champion award for our work to support school-based health clinics!

I appreciate our Corewell Romulus site at Romulus High School and will continue working to expand these opportunities for more Michigan students to receive the care they need.
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Thank you to the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan for awarding me a Legislative champion award for our work to support school-based health clinics!

I appreciate our Corewell Romulus site at Romulus High School and will continue working to expand these opportunities for more Michigan students to receive the care they need.

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Thank you, Darrin, for all you do for us. Happy 4th to you.

You would have sided with the Red Coats, Senator.

Early this morning we passed the FY25 school aid budget, which included a massive $598m investment back into school districts and a $181m investment directly into the pockets of teachers by covering the 3% cost some employees pay.

Schools are getting more money and teachers are getting a raise. It’s a big win that school groups asked for.

The $598m is an ONGOING investment into districts, similar to last year’s historic 5% foundation allowance increase.

School groups asked for a little bit more, and even while we had lower than expected revenue, we were able to get them 90% of what they asked for. In any other negotiation, that is a deal anyone would accept no questions asked.

This budget also includes a continuation of the $125m transportation reimbursement for schools, the $200m free school meals program, an enrollment stabilization payment at $71m, and before and after school programming at $75m.

This budget adds $25m for school mental health and safety and keeps it an ongoing program for the first time. It expands PreK for all to families at 400% of the FPL, which is a family of 4 at 120k income or below.

This budget includes continued investments in the teacher recruitment and retention programs that are incredibly popular, like the student teacher fellowships and the educator student loan repayment program.

For the first time, we are investing over $1 BILLION in our at-risk youth and districts with high concentrations of poverty. We have fully funded the special education line. We have $87m in literacy and curriculum funding. And many, many other investments. The total is over $20 Billion.

This is a responsible budget that is almost everything school leaders — in both labor and management — asked for. I am committed to continuing the conversation on a policy bill to go alongside what we just passed, but we need to take a moment to celebrate another historic investments in our public schools. I’m thankful to our leadership in both the House and Senate and to the Governor’s office for getting a school budget done on time.
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Sounds great…But are teacher retirement pensions safe long term since money was taken from that????

As a local school board member, and parent, I am disappointed that there is no per pupil increase for the public schools, only charter. Charter schools will now have a higher allocation per pupil than public schools. Even more disappointed in the drop for safety and mental health resource funding when we need it more than ever before.

As a 20 year special education teacher, this is the best news to hear. I’ve seen it all, when things were dire and lately every year things are a bit better. Thank you. 🩷

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