PRESS RELEASE: Collaborative discusses need for school funding equity at MI Civil Rights Commission hearing

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative on Monday addressed the need for a new, equitable school funding approach that serves the needs of all students at a Michigan Civil Rights Commission hearing in Clinton Township. The Collaborative discussed its roadmap for a fairer school funding method as part of the commission’s hearing on addressing discrimination in Michigan’s K-12 schools.

“Michigan’s school funding method is broken, and Monday’s Civil Rights Commission hearing was the perfect venue to discuss the need for a new, fairer method that ensures all students have the same opportunity to get a good education, including students enrolled in special education or living in poverty,” said Dr. Michael Addonizio, a Wayne State University professor of education studies and Collaborative member, who spoke at the hearing. “Michigan’s one-size-fits-all approach fails to meet the needs of far too many students, especially those who live in our poorest communities. Now is the time to address the unique, individual needs of all students to provide the opportunities for college and careers they deserve.”

In 2018, the School Finance Research Collaborative completed Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study, providing a roadmap to fixing Michigan’s broken school funding approach and making it fair for all students. The Collaborative is a bipartisan, diverse group of business leaders and education experts from all corners of Michigan who agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

Michigan State University College of Education professor David Arsen, who has completed his own, independent school funding research, also attended Monday’s hearing. Arsen’s recent study supports the Collaborative’s findings that it costs a minimum $9,590 to educate a child in Michigan, and that additional funding is needed for students living in poverty, English Language Learners and students enrolled in special education.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer utilized the Collaborative’s findings in her recent budget proposal, including a weighted funding approach that serves the needs of all students.

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Letter to the Editor: Time to fix school funding method

As a Detroit-area businessman, I read with great interest the Crain’s letter to the editor, “Money hasn’t solved educational woes” (Crain’s, March 2).

There are some undeniable facts when it comes to Michigan’s broken, outdated school funding method and the need for a new, fairer approach that helps prepare all students for the modern workforce.

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Groups Speak Out in Support of Gov. Whitmer’s Education Budget

LANSING, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for calling for a new school funding approach that will help meet the unique needs of all Michigan students.

“We applaud Gov. Whitmer for calling for a new, fairer school funding approach that will help meet the needs of all Michigan students,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, School Finance Research Collaborative Project Director. “We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer on a new funding method that provides all students the same opportunity to get a high-quality education and compete for jobs.”

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Chippewa Valley school board resolves to support school finance study

The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education has expanded its high school class offerings, in addition to lending its support in the form of a resolution to a school finance study.

The board on March 4 first unanimously approved a recommended motion for a resolution in support of the School Finance Research Collaborative Study. The motion was made by President Beth Pyden and seconded by Vice President Denise Aquino.

“The board of education of Chippewa Valley Schools supports the findings of the School Finance Research Collaborative Study and encourages the legislature and governor to adopt a new, fairer school funding model,” Superintendent Ron Roberts said of the resolution.

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New school funding approach needed to prepare students for jobs

As chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, I recognize a high-quality public school education is essential to preparing our kids for the fiercely competitive modern workforce, whether on a construction site or in any business large or small across Michigan. Now is the time to chart a new path that ensures all students, regardless of their circumstances, have the same shot at receiving a cutting-edge education that provides them with in-demand skills for good-paying jobs.

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PRESS RELEASE: School finance group applauds Gov. Whitmer’s plan to help all students succeed

LANSING, Mich. — The School Finance Research Collaborative today applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for calling for a new school funding approach that will help meet the unique needs of all Michigan students.

“We applaud Gov. Whitmer for calling for a new, fairer school funding approach that will help meet the needs of all Michigan students,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, School Finance Research Collaborative Project Director. “We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer on a new funding method that provides all students the same opportunity to get a high-quality education and compete for jobs.”

Whitmer’s education budget plan calls for a boost in per-pupil funding, and additional funding for special education, at-risk students and Career and Technical Education programs.

“I applaud Gov. Whitmer’s call for a new school funding approach, including greater funding for Career and Technical Education programs,” said Doug Maibach, Chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, and a School Finance Research Collaborative member. “It’s time for a new, fairer school funding approach that helps us fill Michigan’s talent gap.”

“I support Gov. Whitmer’s call for a new school funding approach that helps prepare all students for the modern workforce,” said Jim Stapleton, a Detroit-area businessman and School Finance Research Collaborative member. “Michigan is long overdue for a new school funding approach that helps provide students with in-demand skills for good-paying jobs. That is a concept everyone, irrespective of party affiliation, can and should support.”

In 2018, the School Finance Research Collaborative completed Michigan’s first comprehensive school adequacy study that determined the true cost of educating all students to make the way we fund Michigan’s schools more fair. The Collaborative is a bipartisan, diverse group of business leaders and education experts from all corners of Michigan who agree it’s time to change the way Michigan’s schools are funded.

“School funding is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue,” said Rick Johnson, former Michigan House Speaker, and a School Finance Research Collaborative member. “It’s a Michigan issue, and I applaud Gov. Whitmer for laying the groundwork for a new approach that helps all students achieve and succeed.”

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to propose $507 million for classroom spending

The School Finance Research Collaborative has done research on costs per student, including food services, transportations, etc. Matt Gillard is the CEO of Michigan’s Children and a member of the collaborative and says Gov. Whitmer’s plan is a step in the right direction but we have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be.

“It costs more to educate a special education student and poor families, economically disadvantages students need more attention and Michigan’s finance, education finance structure has done a bad job of recognizing that, and we’ve fallen behind other states,” said Gillard.

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