Lack of spending Michigan’s K-12 problem? Probably not

Jul 31, 2015 by


Michigan’s public schools are lackluster. Students here continue to fall behind on national standardized tests.

So more money must be the answer, right?

That’s the solution most often given by teachers unions, school administrators and Democrats.

But plenty of studies, including one done in conjunction with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, have shown that there is no strong correlation between spending more on schools and the results those schools get.

That didn’t stop some of Michigan’s top Democrats from pushing to attach a so-called “adequacy study” to last December’s road funding ballot bill. These studies are usually code words for seeking increased spending on schools.

“They are often proposed by groups who just want more money spent,” says Neal McCluskey, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. “All kids are different. There isn’t one magic price.”

Grand Rapids Rep. Brandon Dillon, who recently resigned his post to head the Michigan Democratic Party, was one of the leading proponents.

Source: Jacques: Lack of spending Michigan’s K-12 problem? Probably not

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