Why is the GPFPE necessary?
The GPFPE is necessary to protect the high standard of educational programs we have come to expect of the GPPSS.
In 1994, the method in which school districts receive funding was changed with the passage of Proposal A. In the past, money generated by local school taxes was sent directly to the school district. However, this revenue is now sent to Lansing, and state government redistributes it to school districts throughout Michigan.
At this time, the GPPSS’s funding from the state is equal to the amount generated in 1994, due in part to the passage of the “hold harmless” millage. Without that millage, the district would actually be receiving fewer funds than the 1994 level. In essence, the district has not had a “raise” in over a decade.