Michigan must re-examine how it funds schools

Apr 18, 2017 by

We must re-examine our approach to fully prepare all students for jobs and success, a superintendent writes

As many of you know, the Michigan Legislature is currently debating school funding for next year’s budget.

In the coming weeks, Lansing policymakers will focus on how much it will cost to fund Michigan’s public schools next year.

It’s a great question, but one that requires comprehensive research that tells us what it truly costs to educate all students, from the inner cities to the suburbs, to rural areas and the U.P.

The way we fund Michigan’s schools isn’t working, and we must re-examine our approach so all students can achieve and succeed.

The School Finance Research Collaborative, a broad-based, bipartisan and diverse group of business and education experts from metro Detroit to the U.P., is taking the lead in this effort.

These business, education and community leaders all agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded, and that we must re-examine our approach to fully prepare all students for jobs and success.

Source: Letter: Michigan must re-examine how it funds schools

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