Tuition in rich districts not right way to fix school funding problem

Apr 29, 2017 by

Grosse Pointe Public School System is considering a plan to charge tuition of 13,000 a year to out-of-district students.

The Grosse Pointe school board is contemplating a move to reverse its long-standing, staunch opposition to allowing out-of-district students to attend the district’s schools. But not for free, and only because enrollment is declining, a trend that’s expected to continue. If the plan floated by some board members moves forward, out-of-district students with pristine academic and disciplinary records — standards that kids who live in Grosse Pointe aren’t subject to — could pay tuition to attend public school in the much-lauded Grosse Pointe district.

The Grosse Pointe Public School System —  the district that serves the five Grosse Pointe communities — is just the latest in a string of suburban prestige districts to consider bolstering dwindling enrollment with out-of-district students, and the out-of-district dollars they’d bring.

Because school funding in Michigan is tied almost exclusively to student attendance, declining enrollment means losing money; to bring in more revenue, districts need more students.

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