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Could water crisis affect school funding?

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More and more school districts are worried that the state may need to spend so much on fixing Flint’s water crisis that it could take away from school funding.

Matt Cairy, like many school superintendents, watches his budget closely.

"Obviously the state is facing lots of crises right now and it's going to take a large amount of money to fix these," Cairy said.

School districts depend on money from the state school aid fund to effectively educate our kids. 

Cairy said he wonders if money eventually used to fix Detroit Schools and correct the Flint water crisis will result in less money for his and other schools.

"Any organization that's dependent on the state of Michigan for funding obviously has to look at those things and be concerned," Cairy said.

Gov. Rick Snyder will announce his new state budget proposal tomorrow. Cairy said he'll be keeping an eye on that.

"We don't know what we're going to get from the state of Michigan until a certain point in June," Cairy said. "And until then we have to be conservative and budget appropriately."

Cairy said he wants to see the problems hampering our state solved. But not at the expense of his students in Freeland.

"I continue to hope that the state of Michigan makes education of students a priority," Cairy said.

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