Who We Are

The School Finance Research Collaborative is a diverse group of 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 is bringing together top industry experts to reexamine our approach to school funding so we can fully prepare all students for jobs and success.

The Challenge

The way we fund Michigan’s schools is broken, and we must reexamine our approach so all students can achieve and succeed. Through a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that was awarded to the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, the Collaborative is supporting a new, comprehensive adequacy study effort that will use multiple methodologies.

Our goal is to collect the best, most complete and most accurate information on what it truly costs to educate our students and to use that data to make recommendations on how the state can better serve all students, regardless of their location, circumstances or challenges. Business leaders, school experts, parents, students and leaders from both parties agree: It’s time to fundamentally reexamine the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

Moving Forward

The Collaborative has hired contractors to provide the most comprehensive and accurate analysis of school financing in Michigan to date, with the results expected to be released by early 2018. The report will build on the findings of the state-funded Michigan Education Finance Study, which was released in June 2016. Once accurate and comprehensive data are available, the Collaborative will communicate this critical information to Michigan policymakers, stakeholders and the public at large.

Affiliated with a school board or related organization? Consider introducing this resolution supporting the Collaborative’s work: Draft Board Resolution School Finance Research Collaborative