Arithmetic of inequality: Path to education funding reform fraught with deals from the past

Gardenia Avenue in Madison Heights is a stark dividing line for education equity in Detroit’s suburbs.

On the south side of the street, children living in the Madison District Public Schools get $8,111 in taxpayer support for their education each year.

On the north side, students in the Lamphere school district get $10,789 contributed to their education each year — 33 percent more than the kids across the street.

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Doug Maibach: Time to overhaul Michigan’s arbitrary school-funding model

As chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, I can tell you firsthand Michigan’s businesses rely on our K-12 schools to prepare students for the real world and careers in the global economy.

Unfortunately, long before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan has failed to invest in a K-12 school funding approach that meets the individual needs of all students and positions them for success.

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