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    Senate Bill (SB) 1107 was signed into law by Governor Granholm August 5, 2008.

    The $13.4 billion school aid budget is the largest in state history.

    Funding for certain kindergarten programs has been slashed for FY 2009-10 and beyond. Half-day kindergarten programs, as well as developmental kindergarten, or prekindergarten (a class intended to be the first of two school years before a pupil enters first grade), will be funded at half their current levels. These kindergarten programs will be fully funded in FY 2010-11 if they operate for 60% of a day, and they will be fully funded in FY 2011-12 if they operate for 70% of a day.

    Additionally, SB 1107:

    • allocates $15 million for 21st Century Schools Grants, a new program which will fund districts with a graduation rate of less than 70%. The program is designed to reduce the dropout rate in new schools.
    • increases funding for early childhood programs by $10 million, granting thousands of young Michigan children access to pre-school programs, and providing for more all-day kindergarten classes.
    • reduces funding for the special needs lending library at Central Michigan University, from $250,000 FY 2007-08 to $100,000 FY 2008-09. From this library districts borrow assessment materials designed specifically for children with impaired vision, impaired hearing, or severe cognitive or motor disabilities.
    • allows Detroit to retain its "first class district" status, despite the fact that the district will soon fall below the 100,000 student threshold, which is the statutory basis for first class district status. (First class districts may limit new charter schools, among other things.)

    The governor and the House repealed section 166 of SB 1107; section 166 had imposed a 5% funding penalty to districts if they provided family planning drugs or referrals for abortion.

    The full text of the law as enacted:

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2007-2008/publicact/pdf/2008-PA-0268.pdf

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