PRESS RELEASE: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awards $100,000 grant to study school funding in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, the fiscal sponsor for the School Finance Research Project. The project, currently underway, will help determine the true cost of educating a student in Michigan, regardless of income, location or other circumstances.

The project is an initiative of the School Finance Research Collaborative, a bipartisan and diverse group of business leaders and education experts from Metro Detroit to the U.P. who are leading efforts to reexamine school funding in the state.

“This generous grant from the Mott Foundation will help us explore how we can fund our schools so all students can achieve and succeed,” said Isaiah Oliver, a Collaborative member and president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “It demonstrates that key Genesee County stakeholders recognize a top-notch K-12 education is essential to prepare all students for the competitive 21st century workforce.”

“The Collaborative’s efforts will provide evidence to inform policies that will help prepare all students for bright futures, whether that means college, technical training, apprenticeships or jobs right after graduation,” said Neal Hegarty, the Mott Foundation’s vice president of programs.

Mott is one of several nonprofits and foundations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that have contributed to the Collaborative’s school adequacy study. Adequacy studies determine the cost of providing a quality education to all students, and often include geographic cost differences, labor cost differences, and analysis of geographic isolation, among other factors.

The Collaborative’s study, expected in early 2018, is being conducted by the nation’s top two school finance research firms, and will provide policymakers with the best, most complete and most accurate information on the true cost of educating all Michigan public school students. The new study is utilizing multiple methodologies to reexamine how Michigan’s schools are funded.

Michigan joins more than 30 other states that have conducted comprehensive school adequacy studies over the past 15 years, many conducting multiple studies.

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For media inquiries, contact Christopher Behnan, Byrum & Fisk Communications, at (517) 333-1606, ext. 1

Column: Is Michigan committed to its teachers?

The Michigan Supreme Court will soon decide whether the state of Michigan violated the state constitution when it seized $550 million from the paychecks of more than 200,000 public school employees between 2010 and 2012 to help pay for school employees’ retiree health care. If the high court upholds a 2016 Court of Appeals ruling that the money was unconstitutionally seized, these funds, now earning interest in an escrow account, would have to be paid back immediately with interest. If Gov. Rick Snyder wins his appeal, the funds would revert to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.

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Cost of education: Independent group studies state school financing

HANCOCK — The School Finance Research Collaborative was the topic of a presentation by Copper Country Intermediate School District Superintendent George Stockero at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

The SFRC is a broad-based, statewide, bipartisan collaborative committed to completing the research necessary to support school refinance reform. One of the issues the study is looking at is the fact that the cost of educating a student in the state is simply not known.

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Study: Michigan special education is underfunded by $700M

Special education in Michigan schools is underfunded by nearly $700 million – a shortfall that leaves school districts with less money to educate their general education students.

That’s according to a report from a special education task force subcommittee that was released Wednesday by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, an advocate for special education students.

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How much does it cost to educate a child

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) — In the end it all comes down to money.

Kalamazoo School Trustees have approved a resolution endorsing the most comprehensive study of school financing in the State of Michigan to date, which is being funded by the School Finance Research Collaborative.

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PRESS RELEASE: Videos released calling for fresh approach to funding Michigan’s public schools

School Finance Research Collaborative videos ask: ‘What does it cost to educate a child?’

LANSING, Mich. — What does it cost to educate a child? Two new videos released this week explain the School Finance Research Collaborative’s mission to find out. The Collaborative is supporting Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study, expected in early 2018, that will help determine the true cost of providing a high-quality public school education to all students.

“As the videos point out, we don’t know the cost of educating a public school student in Michigan, and that’s why our group of business leaders and education experts is determined to find out,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Oakland Schools superintendent and a Collaborative member. “Our study will help determine how we can rethink our approach so all students, no matter their circumstances, can achieve and succeed.”

“We must know what it costs to educate a student in Michigan to prepare our kids for jobs and success,” said Rob Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan president and CEO. “The videos make the Collaborative’s mission clear: To reexamine how we finance our schools so each and every one of our students is prepared for the 21st century workforce, whether that means college, apprenticeships, technical training or jobs right after graduation.”

The new school adequacy study is being conducted by the nation’s top two school finance research firms, and will provide policymakers with the best, most complete and most accurate information on the true cost of educating all Michigan public school students.

The new study is using multiple methodologies to reexamine how Michigan’s schools are funded, something that has never been done in a comprehensive way in the Great Lakes State. More than 30 states have conducted adequacy studies over the past 15 years, many conducting multiple studies.

The School Finance Research Collaborative is a broad-based and diverse group of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, business leaders and education experts from Metro Detroit to the U.P. who agree: It’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

The Collaborative’s videos can be viewed here: http://www.fundmischools.org/determining-cost-educating-child.

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For media inquiries, contact Christopher Behnan, Byrum & Fisk Communications, at (517) 333-1606, ext. 1

 

Determining the Cost of Educating a Child

What does it cost to educate a child? These videos, released today, illustrate the School Finance Research Collaborative’s mission to find answers.

Learn more:

What Does it Cost to Educate a Child? (short version)

 

What Does it Cost to Educate a Child? (long version)