State schools superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging Michigan educators and parents not to “panic” over Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan that calls for spending cuts for cash-strapped public schools.
Flanagan said Friday in a podcast that Snyder is calling “for sacrifices from all of us, including schools” and urges school officials to remain calm despite the call for education cuts, The Grand Rapids Press reports.
“I’m asking all of us to hear this budget message and not do something I did as a superintendent 20 years ago and panic,” he said.
Snyder’s budget plan released Thursday proposes cutting public school funding by $470 per student, while intermediate school districts would be cut 5 percent.