Mich. panel to hold school funding hearing

KALAMAZOO, MI – A panel of Michigan state lawmakers will visit Kalamazoo on Monday for the last of three public hearings on the state's school funding crisis.

The Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education will meet at 7 p.m. at Kalamazoo Central High School. Panel members will hear from residents about how the state's school funding cuts have impacted their schools.

Chairman state Rep. Terry Brown told the Kalamazoo Gazette he hopes lawmakers can get information at the hearings to help them solve the school funding problem.

Michigan public schools face a possible $165 per-student cut approved in the 2010 budget.

The subcommittee has scheduled meetings at three Michigan schools to hear from residents about the cuts. The two other hearings will be held at schools in Lansing and Saginaw.